St Mary's

St Mary's, Lichfield

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The Guild of St Mary’s commissioned the practice to undertake the remodelling of this prominent church building which is sited in the centre of the city of Lichfield.

The practice has undertaken full architectural and interior design services converting the redundant church into a new home for the City library and a new arts facility. Due to budgetary constraints the works retained the existing first floor constructed in 1980, forming a new opening with balcony, which provides extended view of the ornate east end window and creates a visual connection between the users over the two floors.

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Following detailed consultation with both Lichfield’s Conservation Officer and Historic England significant changes to the existing listed building were agreed as being appropriate to both the historic fabric and its new uses. These included lowering the existing windows ensuring that ground floor activities can be viewed from the Market Square and providing the Library user’s a view out of the building.

The project upon completion won the Building Conservation Award at the RICS West Midlands Regional Awards 2019.

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