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Roof & Masonry Repairs: St Peter the Apostle, Woolwich

Conservation, Ecclesiastical

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The church — One of only three churches built in London to designs by AWN Pugin — is the main building of a range described in the Woolwich volume of the English Heritage Survey of London as presenting ‘a parade of gables, varying in height, width and frontage, and conveying a breadth and dignity sorely needed in the townscape of this part of central Woolwich’.

Following increased incidents of falling slates and netting of the Nave to protect against falling plaster, the entire roof was re-slated, and much of the ceiling was renewed with new laths and lime plaster.

The re-roofing also provided the opportunity to add sheepswool insulation to improve the thermal comfort of the congregation — requiring a slight modification to the roof construction and appearance for which we obtained Planning consent.

Replacement of badly decayed stone weatherings and the introduction of polished stainless steel gable-end crosses rejuvenated the exterior.