Church of St James, Heckmondwike - Reordering of Interior - Storah Architecture
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Church of St James, Heckmondwike – Reordering of Interior


The church is a grade II listed Commissioner’s Church, built with a wide nave and a gallery to the west end. In the past the pews below the gallery had been removed and the area partitioned off to create a Narthex and space for events. This was used but found to be undersized, particularly following the loss of the church hall nearby.


Following the failure of the heating system, the church reconsidered the use of the interior. It was decided to make the space more versatile to allow other activities to take place within the building and make it more flexible both for worship and other uses.


We had previously been engaged as architects for external repairs. We were invited to act as architects for the reordering project and during 2014 have carried out a major reordering, replacing the heating system and opening up the nave, removing pews to create a more flexible interior.


The project also included renewal and enlargement of the kitchen, provision of  additional toilets and other works. The church was rewired and programmable lighting installed.