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Project of the month All Souls in Bolton


A COMMUNITY CENTRE has been fi tted inside a cavernous 19th-century church in Bolton, Lancashire, that has stood empty since 1986 (see CM, May 2014). OMI Architects’ £4.5m project for


Churches Conservation Trust has been designed not to compromise the grade II*-listed fabric of All Souls, so that, if needed, the building could revert to a church in the future. Two steel-framed, free-standing


structures, described as ‘buildings within a building’, have been erected by main contractor Carefoot within the large column-free nave in order to divide the church into useable spaces. These “pods”, which house offi ces, a kitchen,


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event spaces and a restaurant, had to be constructed in the manner of a “ship-in- a-bottle” owing to the church’s largest entrance being a 2m-high gothic double-doorway. All materials and machinery used on the site had to pass through this access point, a limitation that resulted in the use of prefabricated structural insulated panels to reduce the need for heavy lifting equipment. Raised external walkways on one of the pods, and a large viewing window in the other, allow visitors to get closer to the structure, panelled roof and stained glass, elements of the original church, which have been conserved by heritage subcontractor Lambert Walker. CM


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