St. James Church, Mangotsfield, Bristol

Client: Rev. T. Taylor and the Church of St. James
Contractor: Hart Design & Construction
Architect: NOMA Architects
Employer’s Agent: Ascribe Management Services
Value: £450,000

Internal alterations were undertaken to the Grade I listed Church, originally founded in the 13th century, provide improved multi use communal space within the church. The works include the installation of new kitchen and WC facilities, improve internal accessibility, and replacement of fixed pews with chairs to enable flexible use of the internal space.

A new heating system, including underfloor heating to the Nave, was installed with comprehensive controls; including facilities for off-site access, to enable heating system settings to be manipulated, giving greater flexibility when letting the space to community and Church groups.

A Philips Color Kinetics high-performance professional LED lighting system was installed in the Nave and Chancel; including high quality digitally controllable colour-changing, tunable white and solid white LED luminaires. Lighting is controlled via a Philips iPlayer 3 controller; a compact yet powerful show storage and playback device capable of delivering light shows to installations with up to 340 unique light addresses. Packaged with ColorPlay 3 light show authoring software, iPlayer 3 is designed to add sophistication and flexibility while eliminating the need for expensive lighting boards and technical programming expertise. Wall mounted controller keypads will provide a day-to-day interface providing instant push-button playback of up to 8 No. lighting scenarios.

Audio and video cabling was distributed throughout the Church, to wall mounted outlets and floor mounted service boxes; ready to accommodate regular Church services, music and stage performance and presentation of digital media such as movies.