Historic Chapel gets no stress makeover
Graylingwell Chapel, originally built as a chapel to the nearby asylum near Chichester, is being refurbished sympathetically to form a central community focal point of the largest carbon neutral residential development in the UK. ARP aluminium guttering has been chosen to provide the chapel with effective, eco-friendly roof drainage system while remaining sympathetic to the heritage of its design and sensitive to the historic fabric of the building.
Graylingwell Park is an eco residential development of 750 new homes in Sussex built on an 85-acre conservation site that was originally the grounds of nineteenth century West Sussex County Lunatic Asylum, later known as Graylingwell Hospital. The Chapel, built to serve the hospital in the 1890s, remains today almost entirely in its original form with minimal alteration undertaken since its construction. At its peak, Graylingwell accommodated over 1000 patients and the chapel was at the centre of this community. The newly refurbished chapel aims to conserve and enhance this unique building to once again become the centre of the community, reconfiguring the space to be flexible and welcoming to community groups.
The chapel is being restored to a design by Adam Richards Architects for Chichester Community Development Trust. The external works, including installing new, modern guttering, is being carried out by roofline specialists County Guttering. They chose aluminium guttering in a heritage style from ARP in order to protect the delicate fabric of the Grade II listed façade which includes downland flint cobble walls.
“We chose to fit aluminium guttering because, as a modern material it requires very little ongoing maintenance to stress the façade of the chapel,” says County’s Simon Wheatley. “But more importantly, it is so lightweight compared to other materials, it does not put a strain on the fabric of this historic building.”
County Guttering, who only ever use ARP guttering on their projects, chose 150mm beaded Sentinel half round guttering with a heritage finish for Graylingwell Chapel, complemented with ARP’s cast aluminium Colonnade downpipes. ARP’s cast aluminium rainwater products are traditionally sand cast from an aluminium alloy in traditional profiles, sizes, and textures to give the full visual effect and aesthetics of cast iron. Colonnade downpipes, with traditional-style collars and ears make the perfect style choice for heritage projects but, in line with today’s environmental standards, are made from 100% recycled aluminium and are 100% recyclable.
ARP’s Sentinel extruded aluminium Deep Flow Half Round gutters are available in various sizes to cope with rainwater runoff from larger roofs on commercial, leisure, and larger residential projects. It comes in a range of sizes with a full complement of angles, outlets, stop ends, and brackets to complete the job. Sentinel guttering is also available in modern and vintage ogee profiles, with the ARP Snap-fit system on the traditional ogee version for a quick, simple and dependable fit.