Cequent have been working with the Wellington Methodist Parish to plan, design and undertake seismic strengthening and a major deferred maintenance works programme on the Wesley Methodist Church.
The Church was built in 1880 and is a Category One historic building. It serves several congregations and is at the heart of the community.
A challenging aspect of this project is that the strengthening works were required to be discreet to retain its beautiful heritage. Through the engagement of the right team, and working through a robust design process the strengthening components are 99% hidden.
The original buttresses, made out of large sections of native timber, are being flitch plated with steel and tied down to new piled ground beams running nearly the full length of the building. Behind the walls, plywood bracing is being installed prior to the linings being reinstated. A new steel portal frame supports the towers and ties the front part of the church to the newly strengthened main area to ensure that the building structure works as a whole.
Additional works include a new roof, new LED lighting and a full strip and repaint to ensure its longevity.
The fun part is putting the puzzle back together. Everything which has been removed will be going back up, including the organ with hundreds of pipes, some of them nearly the height of the building!