Aug 2015

13/08/2015
Innovative reuse project for isolated rural churches receives HLF funding

FCBStudios are delighted to be collaborating with the Church of England to develop an innovative and sustainable solution for isolated rural places of worship at risk of closure.

Working in collaboration with the Church of England’s Cathedrals and Church Building Division and the Diocese of Hereford, the FCBS creative reuse team have been awarded £49,700 of development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to progress the proposals for a pilot project at St.Michael’s in Dulas. The scheme proposes the insertion of a sympathetic and reversible timber structure within the nave of the church, designed to provide self-catering holiday accommodation, whilst retaining public access to the east end as a space for contemplation and prayer. The income generated by the lets will finance the on-going conservation and maintenance of the building fabric.

Ruth Knight of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. As well as providing a sustainable future for St Michael’s we hope that once completed this unique project will inspire other innovative approaches to under used places of worship.”

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Innovative reuse project for isolated rural churches receives HLF funding