Grade I Listed
Aura were appointed as Principal Contractor for the restoration and conservation works to the attractive Grade I Listed All Saints Church in Winterton, Lincolnshire. The ancient medieval church is set in the heart of the community and is revered to be the most important Listed Building in the area. The works were undertaken in two phases’, taking over a year to complete.
The contract for Phase 1 was to ensure that all essential works were addressed. The church had suffered from years of water ingress and it was of the utmost importance to ensure the building was watertight.These works included the removal of the existing slate roof to the South Aisle, South Transept, Clergy Vestry and North Porch. These roofs were fully replaced with Westmorland Burlington slates on breathable felt and tanalised battens. All rainwater goods were removed and replaced with new cast iron gutters and downpipes. The threat of failing masonry at high level meant gables had to be taken down and rebuilt including the removal and reinstatement of large copings which incorporated a new lead flashing detail. To stabilise the remaining masonry all open and defective joints were identified, carefully raked out and re-pointed using a lime based mortar.
The contract for Phase 2 was for the internal re-ordering works. This included the installation of a new limestone paved floor with underfloor heating. Once the sub base was removed, stabilisation works had to be carried out to the stone of the Aisle columns which meant working closely with the Structural Engineer and Architect. Upon completion of the stabilisation works, the new limecrete sub base was installed which including a state of the art underfloor heating system. The floor was then finished in new Ancaster limestone paving.
Defective plaster throughout the internal elevations was carefully removed and reapplied.
Situated either side of the impressive church Tower, an unused space was transformed into a new Heritage room to house important church records and historic objects and to provide a new Parish room for PCC meetings and social community groups. The Tower itself benefits from a new mezzanine floor installed into the existing fabric finished with an oak soffit, the mezzanine provides access to the internal tower for essential maintenance to the bells.A new Clergy Vestry has been built providing further useable spaces.
A new lighting system was installed throughout with a sound system upgrade and finally a temporary boiler house was built externally to site new heating units for the internal heating system and future extension requirements. All mechanical and electrical work was carried out under Contractor Design.