Contractor appointed for repairs and renovations at historic church

St Michael le Belfrey, a Grade I listed church in York city centre, has awarded the “Contract for Impact” – its major repair and reordering project – to Simpson, a York-based construction company.

The tender exercise was overseen by cost consultants Morham & Brotchie and LDN Architects.  

Reverend Andy Baker, interim priest in charge at the church, said: “Simpson’s care for their clients and their  expertise demonstrated on current projects such as Salford Cathedral and York Minster’s  Centre of Excellence gives us confidence that they will help us fulfil our aim to beautifully  transform our medieval church building into a more welcoming, accessible and flexible space.

We look  forward to working with a York-based company which fits with our sustainability strategy and supports the local economy.” 

This will be the first major building refurbishment St Michael le Belfrey has seen in more than 150 years.

Significant repairs necessary include a new roof, masonry repairs and conservation of the medieval stained glass.

Works will also involve creation of a new gallery, better toilets, flexible seating and an accessible full immersion baptism pool.  

Andrew Gatenby, managing director at Simpson, added: “We are proud and excited to be appointed to deliver the major reordering works at St Michael  le Belfrey.

“It will be a privilege to work with Rev Andy Baker, Gillian Shepherd and the whole professional team in transforming this beautiful medieval church in the middle of our home city.

“The refurbishment and restoration project will certainly transform St Michael le Belfrey and in doing so enhance the facilities for the clergy team, congregation and the local community, ensuring this historical place of worship continues to serve its city.”

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