The Grade II* listed parish church of Peterstow is located approximately two miles west of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. It is a small building of 12th century origins, partly rebuilt in the 13th century and with a small tower at its west end dating from the 15th century.
Following the sale of the parish rooms in 2004 due to their poor condition, we were approached to advise the Friends of Peterstow, a group comprising members of the PCC and local villagers, on how the church might become the ‘new’ village hall.
The proposed scheme was for the removal of pews, re-flooring and the construction of an accessible lavatory and small kitchen at the west end of the nave.
Our design approach adopted was to minimise the impact of the new facilities whilst enhancing the qualities of the existing building. This was achieved through the use of gently curving screens stopping at eaves level allowing the roof to continue over the new facilities.
The chancel remains available for worship.