St Mary's in East Molesey is at the heart of the local community with a regular café, care groups and courses in addition to well attended Sunday services.
Recent re-ordering of the church divided the interior, separating the chancel with extensive use of glass, making a smaller, enclosed space for worship and meetings and a much enhanced vestry.
Ion Glass was commissioned to provide a variety of frameless structural glass for the project:
The arch above the oak rood screen is almost 5m wide and more than 3m high. A frameless glass screen in three panels was installed to fit precisely into the arch. The openings in the rood screen were closed with glass infill panels and finished with a pair of double glass doors to provide a full screen separating the nave from the chancel.
A further frameless glass screen with an arched transom set above double glass doors and two fixed side panels now separates the chancel and the vestry. The chancel has become an attractive space that can be used whilst other events are taking place in the church.
In addition Ion installed a pair of frameless glass entrance doors to the church. Finished with bespoke manifestations the new doors are visually welcoming and less intimidating than the former wooden door, encouraging people to enter the building.
And finally an external glass door for the vestry has increased the level of natural light flooding into the space.
Working directly on behalf of the church, Ion provided a full service tthat included the design, structural and technical specifications, drawings and digitally accurate measurements to ensure a perfect and compliant result. We were also responsible for the glass manifestations and managed all the logistics, including lifting gantry and scaffolding to install the arched screens.
The finished result is impressive, opening the church to a regular programme of events throughout the week and encouraging more families with children to participate in Sunday services.
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