Chancel Roof Update
The article in the November parish magazine detailed the work that was being undertaken. The roof project was finally completed on 10 November. The delay was due to supply issues with the special ventilation system that the architect had specified for the ridge of the roof. It is visible as a black line just below the ridge tiles on the photo below. The work was signed off by our outgoing church architect, Michael Drury, and the project architect Christian King, on 15 November (see photo of their inspection). Michael, who was the architect for Salisbury and Westminster cathedrals as well as numerous churches, commented that the roofing had been done to the high standard required for a grade 1 listed building. When all the invoices are finalised, it is estimated that the cost of the project will be closer to that for Plan A than Plan B despite a substantial amount of carpentry required to repair and strengthen the oak beams.
The PCC expressed its sincere appreciation of the work done by Barry Goldsmith. He has project managed the whole programme, quickly establishing a good working relationship with the contractor and keeping a very close eye on the costs. For a minimal expenditure, the church will have acquired a new and strengthened roof for the chancel which should last another 50 – 70 years, according to the experts who have been involved.