Places of Worship

St Helen's Church, Welton

Client: The PCC of St Helen's Church

St Helen's is a Grade II* listed, 15th century church which lies in the heart of Welton village. Although parts of the nave, chancel and sanctuary date from Norman times, the building was comprehensively altered and extended by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 19th Century.

Kenny Brown was Project Architect for the latest phase of works which illustrate arguably the most noticeable alterations undertaken within the church in recent times. A much-needed accessible toilet facility was designed as a small extension, adjacent to the south porch. Although modern inside, the appropriate use of materials and detailing externally echo those used on the existing church. This point was highlighted by the Secretary of the Ancient Monument's Society when he commended the scheme by saying,

'What a splendid proposal – a model of its kind. It is how Gilbert Scott himself would have reacted to the brief, had he been given it a hundred years ago'.

A self-contained drinks preparation facility was installed to the west end of the church. A double height unit arrangement with quartzstone worktop and oak planked doors opens up to provide preparation, washing-up and storage facilities.

To the south transept, two large, glazed oak panelled screens were erected to existing archways to create an enclosed, sound-proofed space – an area for children and groups which can be used even during times of service.

An intermediate floor was constructed within the choir vestry to provide much-needed storage space. Bespoke robing cupboards in oak were also provided in this area.

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