Set in the very best walking area of the beautiful North Pennines, just a short walk from the famous High Force Waterfall, this chapel conversion with its historic building fabric and modern interior design is a real Teesdale jewel. The reconstruction, was designed by Swiss award-winning architects Evolution Design.
Historic features given immediate care as the existing building was in a poor state of disrepair and had been vacant for many years, the aim of their construction project was to bring this unique property back to life and to enable visitors to appreciate the history and local architecture while providing a beautiful environment to explore the surround countryside and its vast range of activities. The property had sustained considerable water ingress due to its state of dereliction and not being maintained. Due to its exposed location, strong winds and driving rain, most of the interior finishes had been damaged badly, besides the main roof had deteriorated badly and the roof rafters required replacement.
Before any scheme or design had been drafted, the first tasks were instructing preliminary repairs for the damaged roof and board the windows and doors to prevent any further water damage. Once this had been completed the project team evaluated the available space to establish the type and quantity of facilities that would suit best the size and location of the Chapel. Retain the stunning essence of the Chapel Being located in a remote location without any communications, installing services and sewage treatment was one of the very first tasks to bring this old Chapel back to life and to allow for the conversion of this historic building into a holiday accommodation.
“One of the main elements of the Chapel is the Gothic style arched windows that elegantly frame the beautiful views and allow the space to fill with light. Before the mezzanine floor could be considered we had to ensure that the new ceiling line would not obstruct any of the windows,” says designer Paul King. The new mezzanine floor allowed for planning of three bedrooms upstairs and the kitchen/dining area, the living room, the bathroom and the fourth bedroom on the ground floor. “Our approach was to provide solutions that answered the brief, but did not alter the historic details or essence of the Chapel.
The main hall was the core element that gives the Chapel its feel of space and with its detailed simplicity it became the heart of the proposed design,” says Paul King. Once the new level had been installed, all new bespoke timber frame windows and shutters were installed to complement the unique style and details of the Chapel. Interior designed to complement the character of the building - modern, stylish and yet in the context of the location and its history – these were the main criteria for designing the interior of the new holiday cottage.