A Historic Landmark

12th May 2015   |   Jamie Barrett   |   Reading Time: 2 minutes

The University of Winchester celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2015.

As part of the activities to commemorate this landmark the University is currently undertaking the refurbishment and extension of its chapel.

The Winton Chapel was originally completed in 1881 to the designs of Winchester architect, John Colson (1820-1895), for the Winchester Diocesan Training College and the nave was extended westwards in 1927.

UoW Chapel with E5 board.compr

The chapel consists of limestone coursed rubble walls and buttresses, with limestone dressings, surmounted by a clay tile roof with lead flashings and stone copings to gable walls. This is topped by an octagonal zinc clad fleche with oak louvres to the belfry. Stained glass leaded windows are a particular feature of the building.

DEA graphic Exterior

Design Engine Architects was commissioned to undertake the refurbishment of the existing building and to design a side chapel extension to the north side. Under their direction, RV Dart Ltd are undertaking the careful refurbishment and restoration of the existing chapel structure and fabric.

The fabricated side chapel will blend 19th century construction with some of the most up to date construction methods and materials, resulting in a striking addition to the existing building.

UoW Chapel by night AI

Evolution5 has been appointed to provide Quantity Surveying services for the project. We are delighted to be involved in a hugely exciting development within the University campus.

Of particular note for the project will be the new altar and font. Both hewn from Purbeck limestone from our neighbouring county of Dorset. Taken from a series of limestone beds found in the Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous Purbeck Group, Purbeck stone has been quarried since at least Roman times and has been given a very contemporary look by Design Engine for the project.

Other key consultants on the project are:

Structural Engineer:                                 Paul Tanner Associates

Mechanical Services Engineer:               Robertson Cartwright Design Ltd

Electrical Services Engineer:                  Chris Reading & Associates

CDM-C:                                                     Allen Holmes Ltd

All images supplied by Design Engine Architects.