Southoe Church

Project Overview

Client: Southoe PCC

Location: Cambridgeshire

Architect: Freeland Rees Roberts

Contractor: C.E.L

Value: 85,000

Programme: 20 Weeks

Materials: Carpentry, Stonework, Leadwork

Southoe Church

Sat prominently in the centre of the village the church had suffered the wear and tare of many years unstoppable weather conditions. This had left much of the pointing around the stonework and brickwork badly eroded and subsequent stone damage  allowing water ingress.

With the requirement of the community to take back the church for the use of all it was considered time to undertake restoration of the church allowing this to happen. C.E.L Ltd were employed by architects Freeland Rees Roberts of Cambridge to undertake such works.

Starting with the tower the roof was stripped back and the parapet walls taken down to ensure that a weathered fabric started at the very top. Working down the tower and around to the south aisle and south side of the chancel the church was repointed using lime mortar and where required isolated brick and stone replacement was made in conjunction with the architects schedule.

When the building was considered to be repaired the works proceeded inside with lime plaster work taking place to several internal walls. This was subsequently painted using lime wash before the finally central heating could be installed to bring a warmth to the church not seen for many years.