St Paul’s Church in Bristol
This is the winner of a Diploma
Important yet severely deteriorated example of neo-Gothic architecture and the focal point of the best 18th century squares to survive in Bristol. A Grade I listed building, admired for its remarkable plaster ceilings and the Floral Trail framing the chancel arch, it became redundant for parish use. The stonework, fine masonry, structural carpentry, all roof finishes and guttering, windows, doors, wall and ceiling finishes, external works of railings all underwent repair and conservation.
An office and high-wire training facilities for Circomedia, the leading creative centre for vocational teaching of circus and physical performance in Europe and a major provider of outreach activities in the community, were provided, allowing for local regeneration. The historic building is now open every day for all to see, behind a glass screen between the nave and vestibule – the area with a small café.
“For the careful repair of a remarkable but decayed Neo-Gothic church and its sensitive adaptation as a circus and physical theatre school, generating considerable benefits for the local community.”