Wolverhampton students re-visit historic church for phase two of live project
Students at the University of Wolverhampton have taken a trip back to one of the most historic churches in the City to begin looking at the second part of their live project – offering crucial advice and input on the renowned buildings restoration and future.
SS. Mary & John’s Catholic Church, Snow Hill – a 160-year-old Grade II* listed building has been working with the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment to give students valuable knowledge that will hopefully aid them in future employment, with the main focus being allowing students to gain hands-on experience.
The project first saw final year BSc (Hons) Building Surveying students visit the church back in October of last year, aiming to analyse how it could incorporate new technology and the needs of today’s community into its daily function.
The most recent trip was the next step in the process of conserving and developing the future of the historic site, which attracts hundreds of visitors each month.
Over 40 architectural students were joined by the Chief Architect of the restoration project from Oliver Architecture Ltd – Stephen Oliver, who discussed the forensic process of investigation with the Surveyors.
The visit also saw students looking at how the original stonework and its prominent external carvings can be protected and restored for future generations to enjoy.
Stephen Oliver, Chief Architect said: “I am very pleased that the University is engaging in local projects such as this one and to be able to see the enthusiasm on the students’ faces is wonderful.”
Anthony Hatfield, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “Real-life projects such as this contribute greatly to the student experience and future employability. It is for this reason that courses within our school of Architecture and Built environment are so popular with students from all over the UK and they also attract international students from as far away as China, India and the Middle East.
“These students now realise that they can learn so much in the classroom, but actually getting out onto sites, meeting clients and practitioners are skills which are needed when they graduate and enter into the industry.”
Fr Pawel, SS. Mary & John’s Catholic Church, said: “I’m delighted the students from the University of Wolverhampton are giving us this support and valued advice on our building project. We hope that, as a case study for them, we can help them too with their real-life experience of working with clients.
“We’re thrilled, and grateful, that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us a grant of £225,400 for the restoration of high-level stonework and modifications to the front entrance to the Church. It is envisaged that the work will begin within the next couple of months and should be completed by December.”
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Date Issued: 7th March 2016