Synergy News & Blog: Guildford Office
Making flint work at St. Paul’s Church, Dorking
Synergy are providing Quantity Surveying and CDM Co-ordination services to the PCC of St. Paul’s Church, Dorking, for their new church hall extension to the existing church. The project value is £1.6m and has been procured on a traditional basis with Bills of Quantities.
As a condition of town planning and listed building consent, external materials had to closely match the existing church building, including the flint work and Bath Stone used in the external walls. Due to the high cost of these materials the planners were persuaded to allow the use of two types of flint work, one being the less expensive precast concrete block with flints already incorporated in the face of the block. This has been allowed to be used in the less architecturally important elevations.
The first photograph shows this flint block in the process of installation, with the cavity wall insulation, cavity wall ties and inner blockwork skin of the cavity wall visible, together with an existing wall of the church in the background. The second photograph shows the finished article with the flint blocks having been pointed. The third and fourth photographs show traditional flint work in progress, with the flints prior to laying one by one on site, and a partially complete section of wall.