Firmingers were appointed in 2009 to assist in preparing a major grant application for a programme of repairs to the chancel, north and south transepts and associated stone replacement. We have been retained to act as quantity surveyors for the project.
Shobdon Church is a grade 1 listed building and was recognised by the World Monuments Fund in its 2010 “at risk” register.
The interior is of international significance being a unique combination of Rocco and Gothic, often called “Strawberry Hill Gothick”
Decay to the wall plates had made the structure unstable and placed the interior at risk. The reroofing works and timber repairs had to be undertaken without disturbing the internal fabric. A large temporary roof was erected over the church and we undertook investigations into the options of hiring or purchasing the scaffold.
We provided estimates and assisted in the preparation of a grant application, which resulted in the largest ever award by English Heritage under the Listed Places of Historic Worship Scheme. This contributed significantly towards the £1m cost of repairs. We also assisted the Parochial Church Council in the appointment process for an architect and subsequently we provided full pre and post contract services.
The project received the largest ever grant awarded by English Heritage under the Listed Places of Historic Worship Scheme.