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Old Chapel Extension

ADP was commissioned by St. John’s School in Leatherhead to refurbish and extend the school’s listed nineteenth century chapel.

The flint faced chapel was converted in the 1960s to house a library by adding a suspended ceiling, carpet, and strip lighting. The library itself has now been moved into the newly completed Henry Dawes Centre (another ADP project), giving the chapel a new lease of life as a multi-use space for small performances and informal teaching, and to provide support facilities for all users. Additional facilities required include the provision of self-contained accommodation available for hire .

The new pavilion provides an elegant entrance to the old chapel with foyer space, WCs, storage,  preparation areas and serving space for refreshments. The height of this extension relates to the porch eaves of the original entrance of the chapel, while the front aligns with the chapel and the adjacent boarding house. It is constructed using cast stone, refering to the cloisters in the main quad. This echoes the intention of the school’s original design, which was discovered when ADP undertook a site-wide conservation plan for the school. The colonnade of stone columns allows a clear wall of glazing to continue behind. Sections of the glazing can open to allow natural ventilation to the building, while also allowing occupants to flow in and out, for example, during intervals.

The restoration of the old chapel included revealing the original internal timber roof trusses and removing partitions, thereby returning the old chapel to its original volume. Stained glass windows and an original inscription found during the restoration works were also renovated as part of the scheme.


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DETAILS

CLIENT:

St. John's School

LOCATION:

Leatherhead

STUDIO:

London

TYPE:

New Build
Refurbishment
none
Listed

VALUE:

£861k

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STATUS:

Complete

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