St Thomas, Winchester, Hampshire
Client: Hemdean Builders
Contract Value: c. £1.25m
Services: RIBA Stages 3 to 4-Revised Planning through to Technical Design.
Status: On site.
The conversion of a Grade II listed former church to nine high specification apartments. Built as the parish church of St. Thomas and St. Clement, the building was de-consecrated in the late 1960’s and subsequently converted into the Hampshire Records Office. The Records Office re-located to a new building in the City in the 1990’s leaving the building occupied by a variety of office tenants until recent years, when the Council decided to sell the property. The challenge was to re-design a previously approved apartment scheme, retaining elements of the somewhat brutal original Council conversion whilst opening up the interior to restore some of the historic double and triple height spaces. The conversion works are in progress, with Apartments 6 and 9 completed in May, and the remainder to follow in the next few months.