After being used as a library for more than 30 years, the Grade II listed Old Chapel at St John’s School in Leatherhead has been restored and extended to provide a multi-use space that is more in keeping with its original use as a place of assembly.
Simple and elegant in design, and constructed from cast-stone, the new pavilion responds to the scale of the existing Grade II listed chapel, and has been designed to respect the hierarchy of its historic neighbour. Clearly separated from the chapel by a glazed link, the pavilion’s colonnade allows a clear wall of glazing around the building to let people flow in and out, with glazed doors and windows for natural ventilation.
â€¨The restoration of the chapel included revealing the original internal timber roof trusses and removing partitions, thereby returning the chapel to its original volume. Stained glass windows and an original inscription found during the restoration works were also renovated as part of the scheme.
This is the fourth project that ADP has delivered for the school after completing a master plan in 2007. The project was completed in time for start of the autumn term (September 2014) and has already hosted some performances and private functions for the local community.