A refurbishment scheme by NPS to bring a derelict Grade II listed Chapel, dating back to 1868, into use as a community centre has been celebrated at the SPACES Awards 2017.
The project took home the Small Refurbishment Scheme Award at a ceremony on Friday 3 November, and will also appear in the SPACES Yearbook which celebrates the best in public sector buildings.
Our Barnsley office worked closely with Barnsley Council and the Friends of Wombwell Chapel to transform the dilapidated North Chapel into a usable space for the Friends, which could generate income and form a community space with kitchen, WC and storage facilities.
The NPS team ensured historically significant features were retained whilst renewing and enhancing the character of the once ecclesiastical building. The existing chapel doors were delicately restored, and the lightning conductor and weather vane from the South Chapel, which had been partly destroyed by a fire, were reinstated on the North Chapel which required the renewal of the Spire due to frost damage.
The works have prevented the building from falling into disrepair and from being subject to vandalism. Moreover, it has fully met the needs of the Friends by creating a place for them to hold public events which bring the community together.
Managing Director of NPS Barnsley, Karen Temple, said: "The love and enthusiasm for this building by the Friends of Wombwell Chapel shone through from the outset, and through careful and considerate design and refurbishment, the beauty and tranquillity of the building lives on, to be enjoyed now and by generations to come. It’s a proud moment for all of the team."
Carrowbreck Meadow, a 14 dwelling Passivhaus development in Norwich designed by our specialist interdisciplinary design consultancy Hamson Barron Smith for Broadland Growth Ltd, a joint venture between Broadland District Council and NPS Group, was also a runner up on the night for the Residential category.