UPDATE 2012 | Repairs to the North wall and other stonework, the clergy and choir roofs, glazing and drains.
Since 2007, a continuous programme of repairs to the fabric of St Peter’s, has been carried out incurring an expenditure of over £740,000. The main roof has been re-slated, the tower stonework restored/repaired, internal balconies strengthened and the ceiling fully restored and decorated.
To secure the building from water ingress, four areas remain that require urgent attention. The requirement for this work, and other work much of which has now been addressed, was identified in the 2005 and 2010 quinquennial reports.
North wall and other stonework
Work has been done to repair or replace eroded stonework on the east, south and west elevations since the 1980’s. The north wall remains in a state of considerable disrepair and other failing elements around the building are a cause for concern. Times of heavy rainfall have led to the ingress of significant quantities of water through the stone work in the north, west and south walls of the crypt.
Clergy and Choir Vestry Roofs
The vestry structures on the south east and north east corners of the building were added after erection of the main building and as a consequence the roof junction detail with window transom and chamfered reveals are badly detailed resulting in water ingress and deterioration of the fabric. The gutters which are formed against the building are small in girth creating a source of blockage. The parapet gutters are virtually flat with insufficient upstand contrary to current recommendations. Overall the leadwork is in very poor condition with many earlier repairs which are now failing. The gutter against the east wall takes water from the main chancel roof discharging into a closed well with no secondary means of overflow drainage. The gutters on the open side of the octagonal roof do not appear to have any form of outlet and in a storm situation water discharges through crenulations onto the stone fabric, accelerating erosion. The roof has several temporary repairs and broken slate is evident.
An inspection of the windows throughout the church was undertaken in 2010. This has revealed that the majority of them require some repairs to be undertaken. There are many cracked lights and deterioration of frames that require attention to make the windows fully weather proof.
Repeated blockages are occurring in the main drains. Most recently this led to flooding of the north entrance stair well leading to water leaking into the north area of the crypt to a depth of one to two inches. A survey of the drains has revealed many areas of misalignment and cracking.
Grant applications to fund the majority of above essential repairs have been successful. A major grant of £155,000 has been received from English Heritage. As applications were based on initial estimates which fell well below the costs determined through the subsequent tendering process, the essential repairs are to undertaken in two phases. In phase-one, which is planned to commence in April, repairs will focus on the vestry roofs, glazing and drains. The main entrance steps at the west end, which are badly in need of attention, are also to be repaired and additional security is to be installed to protect lead work on the roofs.
Further grant applications will be made during the year to enable north wall repairs to be progressed in 2013.
UPDATE 2011 | Huddersfield Parish church plans for the future.
We want to worship and welcome visitors to a building that makes it clear that God’s invitation is for everyone. We want to contribute in this generation to Christian witness in our town.
The Cornerstone Project
In Autumn 2004 we launched ‘Cornerstone’, a development project to ensure the future of our church.
The vision behind Cornerstone is to open the church to all members of the community and to people of all physical abilities. This is not just a legal issue, but a faith issue. We believe that God’s welcome is for all and that our building should be an icon of what we believe. We also need to maintain the heritage of our building and enhance the interior furnishings of the church. We are witnessing to the world the value that we place on the holy places of our faith.
During Autumn 2004 our architect, Stuart Beaumont of One17AD prepared a feasibility study to our brief including a beautiful new ‘vestry’ structure at our south-east end to enable easier access to church and better use of the church community space. This was received with enthusiasm by the church community in the Spring of 2005. During the Summer and Autumn of 2005 we proceeded with the various stages required to obtain planning permission, negotiating with the Advisory Committee of the Wakefield Diocese, English Heritage and with the Local Planning Authorities.
We then carried out an investigative dig to establish the archaeological significance of the area around the church.
During 2007 the workmen arrived and extensive repairs were carried out in the balconies enabling us to bring the entire church back into use for major public and civic events. We also commissioned major repairs to the church tower and a complete re-roofing for the nave and side chapels.
Christmas 2008 was a very significant milestone for Cornerstone as we finally achieved planning permission for our beautiful new entrance, designed to stand as a lantern on the busy corner of the church. This will enable us to offer access for everyone to community rooms in the crypt and gallery.
Now all we need is funding. Meanwhile small sub-projects of Cornerstone are being planned and carried out whenever funding becomes available.