Listed Building Consent | Architects for Southwark | Denmark Hill, South East London
forresterarchitects have recently submitted Listed Building Consent for the interior refurbishment of a Grade II Chapel. The project proposes the installation of an replacement screen within the existing interior of the Chapel entrance foyer. The proposed screen configuration will remain as the current screen, with large double doors that open onto the Lobby from the Church Meeting Room.
The new, sympathetically designed, foyer screen improves visibility between the Meeting Room and the Entrance Foyer and establishes a welcoming connectivity to the Chapel. Given the historic setting within Chapel, the proposed screen has been designed to be a sympathetic addition, being both carefully proportioned and made from high-quality materials. The design will comprise of oak frames and polished- brass detailing to ensure that the lobby would enhance the visual and architectural character of the existing vestibule.
Significantly the proposal has been designed to have a minimal impact on the existing fabric of the building. Sustainability has been considered as part of the submission. It is clearly more difficult in historic buildings but it is possible for sensitive interventions such as that proposed screen to make incremental and significant improvements to the overall building fabric. Previous Improvements have been installed in Grove Chapel’s desire to reduce heat losses and increase the energy efficiency of the building, while retaining a welcoming appearance to visitors of the Chapel.