Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects, Radwinter, were shortlisted in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors East of England Community Benefit Awards 2014 for our work to Finchingfield Guildhall.
In 2006, Finchingfield Guildhall was put on the At-risk Register. Finchingfield Guildhall Trust, made up by village members, were told it was under-insured and dangerous, and, given the cost implications, advised to sell it. Instead, they recruited new volunteers, forming teams to raise money, apply for grants and manage the design/construction process.
Whilst the project was on site, the community, including local school children, were invited to tours of the construction works. Conservation and adaptation works undertaken revealed medieval features, such as mullioned windows and decorative pargetting. The renovation and conservation revitalised the building’s relationship with the village.
Specialist conservation designers and craftsmen undertook works to this Grade I Listed Building. Traditional building materials/techniques were employed throughout. The community was involved in all decision-making. Two apprentices were employed, teaching young people traditional building skills.