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Ollier Smurthwaite reveals plans for church-to-flat conversion

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA]  Manchester-based Ollier Smurthwaite has submitted plans to convert a Grade II-listed church to apartments

The scheme will transform the 142 year-old church in Bowden, Greater Manchester into nine apartments, while keeping many of the original features.

Each of the three-bedroom apartments features a large open plan living area with a mezzanine level above.

Ollier Smurthwaite Bowden

The architect’s view

‘Trinity United Reformed Church was constructed in 1872 and was Grade II-listed in 1985. Almost all of the original features still exist. 

‘The design includes a series of timber insertions that express the original church columns whilst maintaining the original brickwork features and volume of the nave. 

‘A clear 3m wide communal corridor passes through the centre of the church giving views up to the church roof and allows the original clerestory windows to bring light into the centre of the church.’

Ollier Smurthwaite Bowden

Project data

Location Bowdon, Cheshire
Type of project conversion of existing church to apartments
Client Hale Estates
Architect Ollier Smurthwaite Architects
Planning consultant Paul Butler Associates
Structural engineer Joule Consulting
Quantity surveyor Simon Fenton Partnership
Planning supervisor Pro-CDM
Gross internal floor area1,220m2

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