St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn
The country’s largest chapel of ease – St Nicholas’ Chapel in King’s Lynn, reopened in 2015 after a £2.7m conservation and regeneration project led by the Regeneration Team and the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Garfield Weston Foundation, King’s Lynn Preservation Trust, the Green Energy Trust and other donors.
The project was developed to save the building from further deterioration. As well as re-roofing of the building to preserve the incredible carved angels beneath it, the restoration work included the installation of solar panels on the roof, and new facilities which has renewed life in the chapel which now hosts a variety of cultural events such as concerts, fairs and exhibitions, as well as a learning programme that opens up the stories of the medieval consistory court and the lives of the King’s Lynn community.
The Chapel is a flagship for the inclusion of sustainable technologies: the design scheme saw the installation of a low carbon heating and lighting strategy powered by a large array of Photo Voltaic (PV) cells. These schemes enable the Chapel to provide year round comfort and warmth, at a running cost that is affordable to the project partners.