Sensitive church development

Our architects are well versed in the techniques for sensitively restoring and developing the fabric of historic buildings.


For example, we were consultants to Ipswich Borough Council for the £1.2m restoration of the 15th century St Lawrence Church, which had been unused for about 25 years and had fallen derelict. The project was to convert the Grade 2 listed church into a multi-purpose community venue, incorporating modern facilities while maintaining the original features.


Our architects worked closely with the Suffolk County Council archaeologist, and conservation specialists from Ispwich Borough Council. English Heritage were consulted at all stages of the work, as historic features were discovered, preserved and recorded for future generations. Conservation work included:


  • Removal and reconstruction of the fragmented ledger stone of Edmund Daundy, cousin of Thomas Wolsey and respected MP
  • Preservation of 19th century text paintings over what appeared to be medieval fabric
  • Discovery of two tombs and the grave of a child, originally buried in the churchyard, subsequently included in the footprint of a Victorian vestry
  • Specialist analysis of historic plaster and finishes to determine appropriate treatments and decoration.


The building re-opened in 2008. As well as being a café / bistro, it is also available for hire as a venue for functions such as celebrations, conferences, shows, and cultural events.