St Michael & All Angels – Threshold Project

Project Overview:

PSP were appointed to provide full quantity surveying services on this extension to the west wall of the parish church of St. Michael & All Angels, Summertown, Oxford to create a new entrance lobby. The project also included external works to provide a public footpath through the churchyard together with other landscaping works.

The Design:

The Church is Grade II listed. The brief was to create a new Threshold space for the Church of its “own character”. The new building incorporates a large entrance lobby with ancillary spaces including kitchen, toilets, storage spaces, and an office.

Construction Characteristics:

The extension is comprised of facing brickwork set out in the shape of a lozenge with two circular brick columns framing a large glazed entrance screen and doors. There is a large toplight and circular crown in the ceiling to bring light into the narthex. The cruciform west window was reframed and internal screens inserted into the west wall to open up the narthex to the nave.

Other characteristics include:

• Existing internal heating and electrical services alterations
• New boiler installation
• Copper cladding to the exterior face of the circular rooflight
• New crucifix form feature to the existing West window
• New public footpath extension

Procurement Process:

The project was procured by competitive tendering, based on specification, drawings and bills of quantities. A main contractor was selected after interview. The contract was let to Edgar Taylor (Buckingham) Ltd under a JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2011.

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