Grade II* Listed
In the latter part of 2016, Aura were appointed as Principal Contractor for the restoration of the stunning Grade II* Listed ‘Fairhaven United Reformed Church’ aka The White Church, in Lytham St Annes.
The White Church was built between 1904 and 1911 by Architects Briggs, Wolstenholme and Thornley of Blackburn who won the opportunity with a design that imitated some of the features of Byzantine architecture (externally). The church was constructed mainly in white faience and it is a conspicuous and well-known landmark on the Fylde coast.
The Client received funding from ‘Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund’ to carry out this project which included; External roof and rainwater goods repairs and re-pointing of coping stones. The roof restoration works entailed the complete renewal of the asphalt roofing; the existing asphalt was entirely stripped back to the concrete structure and new polymer modified asphalt laid in its place. A new bespoke lead capping to the existing finial was also installed to increase ventilation within the dome internally.
Masonry repairs included hot lime pointing of the faience dome, terracotta coping stones and cornice details. Finally, chimneys that had been previously capped off were re-opened and new chimney pots were installed to suit the architecture stylings of the building whilst maintaining their phasing legibility.
The conservation of this beautiful church has attracted a lot of public attention, therefore the surveyor ‘R Hilton & Co Ltd’ held an open day which involved a tour of the building, discussions on the conservation philosophy, the chosen palette of materials and any challenges that were encountered along the way.
The project was completed earlier this month with fantastic results, and we believe it to the first full grant allocated project in the UK to be completed from the current funding stream. Aura are thrilled to add this to their extensive ecclesiastical project portfolio.