St Marie’s Church

Halton & St Helens VCA

This Heritage Lottery Funded project redeveloped and restored a Grade II listed church building to become a vibrant hub for community activity.

The building was sustainably transformed with furniture and fittings diligently recycled and reused throughout the historic building including the listed altar, church pews, statues and organ. The altar gates were removed, renovated and refitted back in position.

The listed building was extended providing a lobby area and entrance into the impressive refurbished church.

John Turner’s in-house joinery workshop modified and relocated an existing stained glass and timber screen to a different position and floorboards were carefully restored retaining some of the historic features of the church. Other joinery items manufactured included desks, bookcases and a reception counter. M&E works included heating, lighting, CCTV and video access control.

Conservation and restoration to stone and brickwork was carried out as well as stained glass and window repairs, reconstruction and replacement of the bell tower and refurbishment of all areas of the church internally.

Confessional areas were converted into a kitchen and computer server room. Glazed offices and meeting rooms were formed in the wings of the church hall providing a sympathetic and subtle feel to the building.

The bright enhanced central hub of the building is lit up by reflectors located near to the restored roof giving the building a natural feel.

St Marie’s Church is considered to be one of the ten most endangered heritage-rich buildings in Britain by the Victorian Society.

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Client: Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “




Years RoSPA Accredited

Over 130

Directly Employed Trade Operatives