The PCC approached Clague to consider a major re-ordering and alterations that would improve facilities, and accessibility and provide additional internal space for the congregation and visitors.

Shoreham Church is one of some 30 churches in Kent dedicated to St Peter and St. Paul. The church itself is Grade I Listed, with its history stretching through many different eras and parts of the country. It has one of the few remaining pre-Reformation Rood Screens in Kent, still with traditional Tudor ornament. The pulpit was once the principal pulpit of Westminster Abbey, and was transferred here in 1851 with the Vicar at the time being a Canon of Westminster. The same man also secured the organ case from the Abbey in 1874, which was used at the coronation of George II and is said to have stood in the Abbey in Purcell’s time. The unusual brick tower of brick and knapped flint with a pierced brick parapet dates back to 1775 and has a peal of eight bells of which 5 outdate the tower, two dating back to 1635.

Construction was completed in 2020 and the design team included Adrian Cox Structural Engineer Cyril Orchards QS and Riverside Construction.

These improvements included and new accessible wc, tea-station and two meeting rooms. Following extensive consultations with the local community, DAC and other heritage bodies and due to the particular circumstances of this church, it was decided to create these in a new extension taking on the form of a north-aisle which could be linked internally to both the nave and the existing vestry. This unusual solution was executed with great care in terms of its form, massing, materiality and in particular its relationship to the existing north wall of the nave where the design of the extension incorporated a pair of diminutive lightwells that would allow natural light to continue accessing the two north wall windows.

The project also involved extensive use of bespoke internal joinery with oak and glazed elements to form doorways, screens and partitions creating the necessary links and separations to meet the client’s requirements in an elegant manner that sits comfortably in the ancient setting of the church interior.

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