Issue 36 2023 - Journal - Page 33
project management in
conservation and heritage
Exploring the role of project and cost management in restoration
Conservation and Heritage projects always attract a high
level of public scrutiny, and a balancing act to sensitively
renovate while introducing solutions to make them fit for
generations to come.
both. In fact one of our senior project managers, Jason,
was a Head Stonemason before joining us in 2013.
One such rewarding project was in the £2.7m refurbishment of the stunning St Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn;
the largest Chapel of Ease in England.
One challenge is, of course, not only to renovate but
also to meet the growing requirement to build more
energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions
which are also sympathetic to historic materials and
architecture. Another is to keep all the parties informed
plus deliver in time and within budget.
Following significant fund-raising from the Churches
Conservation Trust and Friends of St. Nicholas Chapel,
the Heritage Lottery Fund provided a grant which made
the vital restoration work possible.
Richard Griffiths Architects were appointed as architects
and Clarkson Alliance as the project management
company to oversee the extensive conservation and repair
work. The goal of the Churches Conservation Trust was
to provide a historic, functional and flexible space for
The bonus of working on Conservation and Heritage
projects is that they can be deeply rewarding. The team
at Clarkson Alliance have worked on many such projects
over the years; as project managers, cost managers or
Above, Saint Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn
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