Louth’s GMS Architecture get Georgian Group Architectural Award

Louth Architect and Surveyor practice GMS Architecture are winners of the 2012 Georgian Group Architectural Award category for the sympathetic restoration of one of Lincolnshire’s Georgian listed buildings.

GMS moved to Louth in June 2011 from their offices in Lincoln.

As a conservation accredited practice GMS are called upon for specialist advice on conservation, restoration and repair of Lincolnshire’s rich and diverse built heritage.

“We have a lot of experience of complex heritage projects,” Chris Mackintosh-Smith, Principal said. “Many agencies have to be consulted and criteria met. You can be dealing with English Heritage, the Lottery Fund, the diocese or the local authority but your immediate client will be members of the community or congregation.”

“Projects can take many years of research and applications before they even commence and we have that experience of navigating the problems and pitfalls. We can offer the continuity of experience and care that clients value.”

Work was completed this summer on the Grade I St Peter and St Paul Church at Cherry Willingham, built in 1753. Cherry Willingham is a village just east of Lincoln, with an enthusiastic and pro-active congregation whose hard work and fund raising activities enabled this project to proceed.

Conservative restoration, to which English Heritage and the Georgian Group made a financial contribution, has involved removal of wet and dry rot, repair and releading of the roof and replacement of the cupola, carried out by local skilled craftsmen. The previous cupola, riddled with rot and patched up with plywood in the 1960s, has made way for one in oak topped with a lead ogee cap and regilded weathervane.

GMS Architecture work alongside their clients enabling links with bodies such as the Georgian Group. The Georgian Group exists to protect and preserve Georgian buildings, monuments and landscapes.