THE METHODIST CHURCH, NANTWICH
This conversion of a Grade II listed former Methodist Church in Nantwich seeks to revitalise the historic building through the insertion of eight spacious two bedroom apartments within existing volume of the church.
The project enhances the existing architectural features, with restoration work happening in tandem to the conversion works. Careful consideration has been taken to ensure that the apartments are of the highest standard and reflect the quality of restorative work.The existing double height ceiling space in the centre of the building is retained with the original horseshoe balcony seating now firmly in place as a decorative feature in between the apartment levels. This feature is enhanced by an internal communal staircase in which occupants can circulate in and through the double height church space. This, along with many other features, shows how the existing framework of the building can be incorporated into its new identity.
The internal finish of the building will attract intrigue into the space and ensure that the former church is now a desirable place to live. The extensive use of timber lining for the walls will complement the heritage of the building, especially the timber framework which is shown internally. Through modern embellishments such as these, it is shown how this refurbished church can pay tribute to its own heritage, yet also ensure that it’s architectural story can strive on.