St Martin of Tours, Chelsfield

St Martin of Tours Church is a medieval listed building with a nave, chancel, tower and vestry. The building is set in a semi-rural location some way from the village and prior to the extension being built had no facilities other than the worship area itself.

St Martins Chelfield Birdseye View

Our solution

For many years The PCC had been planning to provide a meeting space with kitchen and toilets, which was to be connected to the worship area, but separate from it. The proposal involved the creation of a ‘north aisle’ in the traditional manner with two new links to the existing building via the west end of the nave and the tower, respectively.

The basic principle of the scheme and the crucial fine detail were painstakingly discussed and agreed with The DAC and other statutory bodies, both before and particularly after the successful planning application was made. The new extension was designed to be subordinate in scale to the medieval nave, although the design takes its proportions and use of materials from the church. It is obviously a contemporary building, but still in the tradition of church building.

St Martins Chelfield Exterior 2
St Martins Chelfield Roof
St Martins Chelfield Exterior Main