St. Mary’s Church, Goudhurst

The reordering at St. Mary’s Church, Goudhurst began in 2005 with a consultation process in the Parish about its needs for the future.

The challenge

The proposals to reorder this grade I listed church were driven by a desire to provide a more welcoming and accessible church for the community. It was christened ‘Building for the Future’ and a Statement of Need evolved from the consultation.

St Mary's Gouldhurst Interior 1
St Mary's Gouldhurst Window

Our solution

The project was developed over a six year period, during which the project was refined and modified, with a second consultation taking place in 2007. By 2010, all the necessary approvals and funding were in place, and work started early in 2011.

The works involved improvements to the access arrangements and facilities within the church that included provision of a new ramped access and automatic glazed doors to the tower porch and the installation of sanitary facilities.

The results

Within the North and South aisles new spaces were formed using bespoke oak joinery to provide new kitchen facilities and a children’s chapel areas. Whilst installed to form private spaces, these areas still maintain a strong connection and appreciation of the overall feel of the church.

The works required the coordination of many local tradesman and specialists who all dedicated their individual time and skills which greatly contributed to the overall success of this project.