modernisation of freemasons lodge
Transform an old Chapel to modern community building
The modernisation of The Freemason's Lodge involved an extension to the front of the building and considerable restoration throughout the rest of the building.
The initial stage was to completely remove the front of the building and extend the front of the building to create a new front entrance, large hall, new kitchen facilities, downstairs toilet and the installation of a new lift.
In terms of project management, there was restricted access to the building as it’s on a main high street with only two parking spaces to the front. During the extension phase it was necessary to support the existing structures.
To allow for the original chapel building to work well as a modern community centre and meeting place, special arrangements were made to safely remove harmful asbestos from the building and extensive restoration work took place throughout the rest of the building.
Saunders Brothers also used their specialist joinery skills to recreate old and create new timber stuctures to support the new extension.