all saints church in kingston-upon-thames on track for completion in september 2014

Earlier this year Daedalus Conservation secured the final phases to complete the extensive conservation and remodelling of the Grade 1 listed All Saints Church (ASK) in Kingston-upon-Thames.  The works includes new railings, floors, upgrading the internal decorations, and cleaning and repairs to the crossings of the East elevation of the church under the guidance of the resident archaeologist.

The ASK Development Trust, which is carrying out the development project on behalf of the church, appointed Daedalus Conservation as the contractor after an open competition.  Since the project began over one year ago, Daedalus has created two entrances on the North side of the church.  One of these doors was made by reopening the North-West porch, previously used as a boiler room; the other recreated an entrance not used since the early nineteenth century.  The choir vestry was also completely refurbished to be used as a new heritage and interpretation room. In addition, Daedalus reordered and redecorated the interior of the church, Nave and Aisles, levelling the floors, and installing new heating, lighting and a refreshment bar.  The wonderful angels have been gilded and roof timbers painted to bring out the detail of the carving more clearly.

In total, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Viridor Credits have offered grants of about £1,150,000 for the project, which was also made possible by the huge contribution made by the people of Kingston.  Visit www.whereenglandbegan.co.uk for more information.

The development project will transform All Saints Church into a revitalised centre for heritage and community at the heart of Kingston, and is on track to complete in September this year, when there will be an official opening by the Bishop of London.