1 November 2023
Gutted by fire in 1881 and then again in 2001, the Grade II* listed Sheerness Dockyard Church was on Historic England’s ‘Heritage At Risk’ register. Now, thanks to a £9.5m transformation, it stands resurrected as a hub for local people on the Isle of Sheppey, hosting a co-working space with support for young entrepreneurs, a café, public exhibition areas and an events space. The building is operated by Island Works.
Externally, the C19th church has been faithfully restored to its original design, whilst the interior scheme presents surviving original features alongside contemporary interventions complimenting the robust elegance of the original architecture.
Sections of a remarkable wooden scale model of Sheerness Dockyard, made more than 150 years ago, are on display on the ground floor. This vast model provides a focal point for visitors and a means to tell the story of the dockyard and its place in Britain’s naval history.
The first floor provides open-plan workspace and is built to the footprint of the original tiered galleries. Lightweight steel link bridges provide new circulation and fire escape routes. The new roof is internally finished with a slatted timber ceiling with four large, circular skylights which fill the space with natural light.
News 17 November 2023
The Georgian Award for Best Reuse of a Georgian Building was presented to the Grade 2* listed Sheerness Dockyard Church at a ceremony held at the RIBA on the 14th of November. The project conserved and restored the structure, left as a roofless ruin following a fire in 2001, bringing it back to life as a vital community resource on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent (England).
News 3 November 2023
We are thrilled to have won the prestigious title of 'Public Building Architect of the Year' at Building Design Architect of the Year Awards 2023. This award comes exactly 10 years after winning the International Breakthrough Architect of the Year Award in 2013.