Grade I Listed
St James’ Church in Grimsby is a Grade 1 Listed Building which dates back to the 13th century. Due to the age of the church, a sympathetic approach was adopted towards materials and craftsmanship to ensure a pleasing aesthetic and consistent appearance whilst providing a quality build to guarantee many years of use.
Aura Conservation were appointed as the specialist contractor to carry out many repairs and alterations to the existing church building and construct the stonework to the new visitor and conference centre.
The new extension involved the design, supply and fix of 155m2 of Ancaster Limestone, chosen for its creamy colour and fairly uniform texture. The stone detailed at 150mm on the plinth and 100mm elsewhere. The thickening of the outer stone leaf of the building around the corner windows provides the main interest in the façade, accentuated by the mouldings, plinths and string course detail taken from the church, although in some cases scaled down to add interest to the otherwise simple exterior.
The coordination of the deliveries of the Lincolnshire Limestone were of paramount importance due to the constraints of the tiny site for offloading and storage. As well as creating an interior space, the creation of an exterior courtyard and gateway were also part of the scheme. On such a sensitive site, English Heritage were involved in the design from the outset.
Work were complete in 2012 to open the multipurpose room and vestry with toilets and welfare facilities to the public.