St. Swithin’s Church, Lincoln

The scaffolding and temporary roofing to the chancel and vestry are complete and stripping of the existing roof coverings have begun.




The Old Coach House, Louth

Both planning and building control approval have been gained (with all conditions discharged) for works to convert the existing vacant building into a new three bed town house.




Church of St Martin, Welton-Le-Marsh

This existing church in the charming village of Welton-Le-Marsh requires a restoration of the historic lead covered tower roof. This small lead roof features several lead-burnt graffiti, some dating back as far as 1860. Stage-one submission is due to be submitted in the next few weeks. This tower once served as a lookout tower for the Home Guard during the Second World War.





St Wilfrid's Church, Metheringham

Timber repair works the existing truss at Metheringham Church is almost complete. The repair works involved a timber splice replacement with flitch plates to the area of defective timber affected by dryrot.





St James’s Church, Spilsby

Works are truly underway at St James’s Church which will see the installation of new WCs and Kitchen facilities for use by the community. At his time the existing drainage has been installed, and areas of the existing pew stands are being lowered in order to become flush with the surrounding tiled floor.




Domestic porch extension and new double garage, Louth

The planning application was submitted last Friday for a new double garage and domestic porch extension to a townhouse in Louth.




Completion of Ancaster Parish Hall Entrance Porch

We are now delighted to confirm that the new entrance porch and alteration works to Ancaster Parish Hall have been successfully completed, and is now open for public use. The new porch features local Ancaster stone walls with a clay tile duo-pitched roof, and a vaulted ceiling with contemporary lighting internally. The project was part grant-funded by WREN.

Much of the success of the project was due to the close working relationship between the client (Ancaster Parish Council), the contractor (M.J. Greens (Navenby) Ltd), and ourselves. The Parish Hall is the centre of the local community, and we hope that this new addition will be enjoyed for many years to come




Planning Permission and Building Control Approval for works to The Old Rectory, Candlesby

Both planning permission and building control approval has been granted for a new large double garage with workshop and utility room extension to this Georgian Grade II listed former rectory. The design of the extension includes matching brick walls, duo-pitch pantiles and timber sliding sash windows and traditional doors, all to match-in with the existing original property.





Planning Permission granted for new extension and alterations to 48 Westgate, Louth.

We are pleased to announce that we have now received full planning and listed building consent for our design to provide this fine Georgian town house with additional flexible indoor/outdoor space. A new contemporary flat roofed glass conservatory / orangery extension with steel, zinc and masonry elements is proposed to the rear of the existing property.


This new extension has been designed fundamentally with the intention of creating a habitable space which delicately links into existing structure, and celebrates the views to the large rear gardens, bisected by the River Lud.


The proposed works have been meticulously designed to increase the building’s versatility and living quality, as well as being sympathetic to the original nature of the building. The extension roof is separated by glazing from the existing crow-stepped gable and kitchen, cleanly distinguishing and meditating between the historic fabric and the contemporary, allowing the evolution of the building to be ‘read’, and allowing for natural light to wash into the existing kitchen.


One of the key underlying design narratives of the project was to create architecture that ‘treads lightly’, with the consideration of the evolution of the building holistically, and with minimal alteration to the historic fabric.




Re-roofing works to tower at St Faith’s Church, Lincoln

Works are due to start on site within the next two weeks in order to re-roof the existing slate tower roof of St Faith’s Church, situated on the west end of Lincoln city centre. Because of both age (nail sickness) and storm damage it is vital that the roof undergoes immediate repairs, to prevent slates falling onto the pedestrian pavement and road below. The works will be carried out by Pearce Roofing Services Ltd, whom has recently completed another roof repair project at St Mary Magdalene church, located on Lincoln’s Bailgate.




Heritage Lottery Funding Helps Save Gothic Gem

The Heritage Lottery Fund have just announced a substantial grant  to boost fundraising already successfully carried out by the local community towards the repair of St Peters’ Church in Raithby cum Maltby.

Award-winning local firm GMS Architecture, based in Louth, have been appointed as the adviser and conservation architect/surveyor for the project.



The remarkable Grade II listed church is in vital need of repairs. Originally constructed in the 12th century, it was rebuilt in 1839 in an ornate, high Gothic style. Its elaborate pierced parapets and pinnacles help make it one of Lincolnshire’s hidden architectural treasures.  Most of the early C19th internal fittings have been preserved, including stained glass, box pews, gallery and barrel organ.  The church is sister to nearby Haugham, with both churches paid for by the wealthy Chaplin family. The work will include urgent high level repairs to the roof and timbers and the reinstatement of the internal ceiling and decoration. Without this conservation the building will soon become unsafe and unusable.


Chris Mackintosh-Smith, director of GMS Architecture, says “this is a little gem of a church, very close to Louth and Hubbard’s Hills, which should be on every visitor’s day-out itinerary.  We are very pleased to be involved in helping this church to remain open to the public.  The roof repairs will keep the water out, and ensure the long-term survival of this beautiful building in its tranquil setting.”


GMS is a conservation accredited practice that offers creative architectural design solutions to a wide range of clients.  The practice specialises in finding innovative solutions to the problems of repair and re-use of historic and listed buildings. Our past projects include St Thomas' Church in Market Rasen, Ruddocks of Lincoln and the Roman Bastion in Lincoln.

Further information: GMS Architecture - 01507 605010 - info@gmsarch.co.uk or www.gmsarch.co.uk


Boost for St Andrew's Church in South Thoresby

South Thoresby PCC has just received a grant from the Duchy of Lancaster towards repairs and access improvements to the church.  The PCC have been busy raising funds towards roof repairs, improvements to drainage and provision of a hard-surfaced path and handrail to assist mobility-impaired people in getting from the road to the church.  The grant will help get the project underway.  The work has gained approval from the Diocese of Lincoln, but planning advice is also being sought from the local authority.





Works set to commence at St Nicholas Church in Swaby

Work is about to start on repairs to the church at Swaby after a lengthy period of fundraising by the PCC and local community.  This mellow local red brick church, although built in the 1820s when Gothic was beginning to take over as the fashion of the day, is still distinctly Georgian in style.  Inside, the plain plastered walls have been marked out with fake mortar joints to give the effect of smooth stone ashlar work.  Pevsner rather unkindly describes the little battlements on the tower top as ‘teeth’, but as seen today these quaintly offset the otherwise unadorned building.  Much-needed repairs will be undertaken to the roof and high level brickwork, where water has been entering the building for some time.  Louth contractors Rodden and Cooper will be carrying out the work.   





The wraps are off at St Mary Magdalene, Bailgate

The scaffolding is finally coming down from around the church of St Mary Magdalene in Lincoln’s historic Bailgate.  This prominent building, on the corner of Bailgate and Exchequergate, has been shrouded in plastic sheeting since the New Year, while the roofs, gutters and high level stonework have been repaired or replaced.  Inside the church the fine barrel-vaulted ceiling and parts of the walls are decorated by one of the finest Victorian exponents of this type of work, G F Bodley.  The roofs were failing and water was getting into the church, with danger of spoiling the decorations.  Our scheme not only protects the building again but has also taken account of the needs of neighbours and minimising disruption.  Our thanks go to the White Hart Hotel and the occupants of Exchequergate Lodge for their patience. 





Lift project sees the light

One of GMS' more intricate project reached completion this week.  After a lot of measuring, re-measuring, and even more measuring, a lift has successfully been installed in a Grade I listed country house.  The lift passes between four floors in the building, and has been accommodated by making delicate alterations to the lift shaft and top floor landing.  Despite having a working tolerance of only millimetres, the lift fits perfectly into the space and is now operational.





Portfolio updates


Take a look at our portfolio for updates on current projects in Woodhall Spa, Little Hale, and Tuxford, and completed project in Cherry Willingham, by clicking here.



Cherry brings success for GMS

GMS celebrated receiving The Georgian Group Award for Restoration of a Georgian Church, for the recently completed project at SS Peter & Paul's Church in Cherry Willingham.  The project involved timber repairs and re-leading to the nave and apse roofs, and replacement of the cupola (pictured).  For more information about the project and our award, visit www.savinggeorgianbuildings.blogspot.co.uk




Steeple damage causes Church closure at St Vincent's in Caythorpe

Recent investigation works at St Vincent's in Caythorpe, carried out ahead of the scheduled re-roofing project at the church next year, lead to the discovery of significant damage to the church spire.  This is thought to have been caused by earthquake damage four years ago, which has now lead to the immediate closure of the church on safety grounds. Read about it in the Grantham Journal: http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/local/steeple-damage-closes-st-vincent-s-church-in-caythorpe-1-4265406



GMS @ The Louth Festival of Conservation

10.00am - 4.00pm, Saturday 14th April 2012 @ Louth Methodist Church

Come and meet us at The Louth Festival of Conservation on 14th April, where we will be among the many specialists giving you the chance to learn how historic buildings can be conserved.  Whether you live in an historic building, are interested in historic architecture, or just fancy a cup of tea and a chat with us, we would love to see you there.  For more information visit www.lincsheritage.org



Key information on churches


Click on the new section of our website, 'Your Church', which gives you lots of essential information on churches - including how you could be just an application away from seeing major improvements to the fabric of your church.



Full speed ahead at Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum


GMS would like to offer congratulations to Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum, who have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £677,600 to repair and extend the Museum.  GMS Architecture have provided architectural services to the Museum for the project during the application process, and hope to continue to work with the Museum when building work gets underway.



Portfolio updates


Take a look at our updated portfolio for information on our projects past and present, by clicking here.



Works completed at SS Peter & Paul's Church in Tetney


SS Peter & Paul’s is a thriving church located within the village of Tetney.  After much hard work from the PCC, the contractor, MW Crowe Ltd, and ourselves, we have now reached the stage of completion of a new kitchen, along with a new oak timber and glass lobby and meeting area.  We hope that this latest internal re-ordering of the church will bring many more years of success, so it continues to be a focal point within the local community.





Works underway at SS Peter & Paul's Church in Skendleby


Re-roofing work is now underway at SS Peter and Paul's Church.  It has been fascinating to remove all of the slates from the chancel and nave roofs, and uncover the roof structure and open voids that have not been accessible for over a century.  We have been pleased to discover that the roof timbers are in very good condition, no doubt down to the high quality workmanship of the last restoration over 100 years ago.  The work being carried out will of course be to a similar high standard, and once the voids are closed, it is expected that no access will be required for at least another century.



Good progress at All Saints' Church in Nocton


Re-roofing work continues at All Saints', and moves on to the nave as work reaches completion on the chancel.  After lengthy investigations into the composition and arrangement of the existing roof tiles, new tiles have now been laid on both slopes of the chancel, which has seen the detailed pattern reworked, as seen below.