Listed Building Extension and Upgrade: Grade II* Listed Church Near Exeter

Like many churches, this one on the edge of Exeter, Devon, was looking to utilise its available space more effectively as a community centre as well as a traditional place of worship without restricting the existing needs or visual impact of the latter.

Experience working on churches allowed the team to accommodate the usual complexities of the construction project management and despite working on consecrated ground, the project was delivered within budget and to the diocese specification.

Involving multiple panes of glass over five metres tall, the church was divided into meeting rooms with community area and the existing church, allowing simultaneous use of the building.

Transporting, moving and installing the 300kg panes proved a physical challenge for the team while offering a technical challenge to the designers in planning the supporting steelwork without impacting on the existing 15th Century church.


• Fitting multiple 5 metre, 300kg, glass panels
• Installing an elevator in a Grade II listed building to provide disabled access
• Working in church grounds with skeletons and buried items which had to be carefully separated before being reburied
• Limited access for ground lorries and goods to be delivered to the walled off site


• Carrying out the project within the budget raised
• Installing the glass panels to fit to the existing building details without impacting on the crafted stonework while still separating the two parts of the space
• Creating a useable community space to return a historic church to the centre of the community


Site manager: Jon Jones

Designer: Paul Heighway Architects

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