We are delighted to be working with Chichester Community Development Trust on an exciting project to renovate and extend the Graylingwell Chapel as a community hub for local residents.
The Grade II listed building once formed part of the Graylingwell Hospital, which was originally opened in 1897 as the West Sussex County Asylum. When the hospital closed in 2001, the extensive 15.6 ha site was transformed into the Graylingwell Park residential development, and the chapel remains the only original building accessible to the public.
Following many years of careful planning, fund-raising and public consultation, the CCDT can now progress this unique project which will both preserve the chapel building and create a multi-purpose venue that will provide community-focussed activities in keeping with the site’s heritage.
Work will involve restoration of the existing chapel to create a large open-plan space for music performances, events and activities for local residents and visitors of all ages.
In the aisles alongside the main space, the history of the original Graylingwell Hospital will be brought to life through a display of archival images, photographs, hospital records and objects, as well as contemporary oral testimony.
An extension to the chapel will house a new café with southerly views across an attractive green space.
Two new pavilion buildings will provide additional meeting spaces and venues for hire.
Gyoury Self has been appointed to provide full structural and civil engineering services for the project. We will be working alongside SMD Construction Consultancy and Adam Richards Architects as part of the main design team.
The detailed design stage is about to get underway and the project is due for completion in spring 2021.
The choice of the former hospital chapel building as the site for these facilities is a wonderful opportunity to create a heritage asset for community use – one that restores and cherishes a listed building and that tells the stories of people who have often been placed outside the community. Telling the stories of its patients and staff offers an opportunity to address the stigma that is still sometimes associated with mental health issues.
Clare de Bathe, Director of CCDT
For full details of the project and proposed facilities for the local community, visit the Graylingwell Chapel website >
Image credits: Chichester Community Development Trust / Adam Richards Architects
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