Henstaff Construction are leading the team renovating and refurbishing Bethel Church, on Stow Hill in Newport, following the devastating fire back in 2018.
The external works and masonry repairs are progressing well, albeit affected by the recent cold and stormy weather. The Timber glulam beam roof structure has been installed and braced and will be visible for the next few weeks until the slate roof tiling starts.
The recent storms Arwen and Barra delayed the removal of the tower crane with high winds exceeding the safety limits for the disassembly. The Crane was finally removed from the Newport skyline just before Christmas.
The scheduled stone repairs have been completed to the east elevation already and rebuilding and repair works have started on the North Gable wall including new lintels installation. New Bat and Bird boxes will be installed as works progress.
Internally the majority of the steel has been installed and now that the crane has been removed the infill sections can be completed and allow for the internal structure to be completed fully. A new lift pit has been cored out of the solid rock under the church and new damp proofing has been installed. The block work lift shaft walls within the main tower are progressing up the building to be able to provide full access to all areas for everybody.
This Exemplar project is being delivered in conjunction with Caroe and Partners; Mann Williams and Holloway Partners and Professional-Drone provided the footage.