The Grade II listed Victorian Chapels in Stourbridge recently completed on site following a sensitive repair and conservation scheme by the practice. Formerly the Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels, the building is now the Thomas Robinson Building, a venue for civil ceremonies.
Through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and working closely with the West Midlands Historic Building Trust, the building has been transformed from a vacant, heavily vandalised chapel into a fully refurbished Registrar's office for Dudley Council. The practice undertook the project through inception and initial feasibility studies to completion, repairing and restoring the building's original historic features and complementing these with modern installations.
The scheme involved the construction of a new mezzanine level within one of the Chapels with a tapered ceiling and finished with glass sections of floor set within an oak perimeter allowing the stained glass windows to fill the space with natural daylight. The modern contemporary installations were sensitively detailed to enhance the traditional historic fabric and differentiate the existing from the new.
The project upon completion has been recognised locally with several awards including the West Midlands Group Victorian Society 2018 Conservation Award and also received a highly commended award for Community Benefit by the RICS Regional Awards in 2017.