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Church Extension

Summary: Construction of a new new extension to provide the church with a new meeting area, kitchenette and an accessible WC

Location: Helion Bumpstead

Value: £245,000

Bakers of Danbury are currently building an extension to St Andrews Church in Helions Bumpstead. The extension will provide the parishioners with a new meeting area, kitchenette and an accessible WC. Constructed from a block inner skin with a handmade imperial red brick outer skin, the extension is being built on a 0.6m deep footing. Although due to being on a slope, in areas the footprint of the extension was excavated 1.2m below the existing ground level, which was all carried out with an archaeological watching brief. Once the footprint had been dug, it was covered with a sand intervention layer which helps prevent any further deterioration of the medieval graves which had been partially uncovered. A 0.25m air gap was left between the sand layer and a block and beam floor.

As the extension is partially below ground level a tanking system was installed to the outer brick and inner walls. The bespoke roof was constructed from oak trusses and covered in Cwt-y-Bugail Welsh slate. Water services were run into the church using new MDPE barrier pipe (to prevent contamination) and the power supply was upgraded. Underfloor heating and wall radiators were installed to the extension. The windows to the new extension were constructed of new steel framed casements, within bespoke oak frames produced by our own joinery department. The steel windows have the thinnest sight lines in the industry, thanks in part to the fact they are filled with Krypton, a very dense and highly energy efficient gas, perfect for listed buildings.

Bakers’ joinery workshop also manufactured two external oak doors and an arch headed door in oak to access the new extension from the church.

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Newsletter (Summer 2022)

We have had the privilege to work on some beautiful historical buildings and homes again this year. In addition to those detailed within this newsletter, other interesting projects currently underway include underpinning to a redundant church in Mundon, repairs to Ancient Monuments Cressing Temple Barns (medieval barns which were the earliest and largest possessions of the Knights Templar) and Bourn Windmill (an open trestle post mill, one of the oldest surviving windmills in the UK). We are also back at Campion School in Hornchurch, to build a large extension and refurbish the extension we built over 12 years ago.

Since our last newsletter, our projects recently won the following prestige awards:

  • Gold Award at The City of London's Considerate Contractor Scheme Awards 2022. The City of London said the decision was based on the overall performance of all personnel working on St Lawrence Jewry.
  • Commended for Best Conservation, Alteration, or Extension of an Existing Building (under £2m) at the Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards. Former Mill Road Library in Cambridge.

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bakers of danbury newsletter 2022