King of Prussia Gold Medal Award

King of Prussia's Gold Medal Award 2013

All Saints Church Westbere

Project architect winner of King of Prussia's Gold Medal Award 2013.                                             

Working with John Bailey of Thomas Ford and Partners, ACA investigated the structural defects which included extensive decay of the wall plates, bulging of the masonry and significant leaning of the south walls to the nave and chancel. The investigation included a soil investigation.

The investigation concluded that the sloping site had resulted in the north wall being supported on natural ground, while the south wall was supported by made ground. Apart from settlement, the south walls had also rotated outwards due to the proximity of burials.

Extensive decay of the wall plates and cleats had reduced restraint of the walls by the roof.

The rainwater goods and drainage system were also defective.

The challenge posed to the design team was to develop an approach for replacement of the wall plates in short lengths which would allow the maximum historic timber to be retained. ACA assisted by detailing discrete resin joints. In addition metal brackets were used as well as traditional jointing where possible.

A key aspect of the project was that the scaffolding was designed to allow localised temporary propping of the roof.

Finally the work was carried out allowing regular use of the church during the summer.