Work is set to start next week on Lynn’s historic St Nicholas Chapel as part of a £2.7 million and partly lottery funded restoration project which will undertake urgent repairs while transforming the building into a new community and cultural venue.
Crispin Truman, chief executive of the Chuches Conservation Trust, said: “I am delighted that the construction phase of our ‘New Life’ project at the wonderful St Nicholas Chapel will start this month. With the support of the Friends of St Nicholas’ we have cared for this building for over 22 years and are pleased that we are now in a position to address urgent conservation work and introduce new facilities to a high standard.”
Adrian Parker, chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas, said: “At last we shall see exciting changes underway that will encourage more groups to use the Chapel all year round, with local management. The next challenge is for us also to raise the money to repair the bells and bring them back into use.”
Historic building specialists William Anelay have been appointed as principle contractor, and will be undertaking urgent repair and conservation work and installing new, high quality facilities that will bring new life to the Chapel.
Tony Townend, managing director of William Anelay, said: “We are very pleased to be involved with any Grade I listed building but specifically on this occasion to see St Nicholas Chapel have a new and expanded use within a revitalised shell. We will also help educate and train local people who will benefit from our specialist area of conservation and restoration of historic buildings.”
Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the CCT said: “The regeneration of the Grade I St Nicholas’ Chapel is an exciting chapter in the history of this internationally important building. This is the CCT’s third major construction project starting on site this year, securing the future of another world class heritage asset and community space.”
The building work take until May 2015 and the Chapel will be officially relaunched with events next summer.