Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector of St Mary de Crypt and chair of the trustees of Discover DeCrypt CIO, said: ‘It is fabulous to be working with such a brilliant contractor. They have so much experience in heritage conservation and a real commitment to passing on those skills to the next generation. We are really looking forward to working with them through this next very exciting phase of the project.’
Nicola Dyer, Project Manager, acknowledged the support that has made the restoration possible:
'The programme of works being carried out at St Mary de Crypt would not be happening without the generous support of so many funders who have believed in the potential of this ancient site to become a real beacon in the city-centre community. We would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund, Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Gloucester City Council, Allchurches Trust, National Churches Trust, Swire Charitable Trust, Gloucester Civic Trust and many others’.
Ollie Chance, of Croft Building & Conservation, added ‘Croft Building & Conservation Ltd are delighted to have been awarded the prestigious project at St Mary de Crypt. We are proud to be a part of the latest regeneration project in the heart of Gloucester. We look forward to working closely with the Discover DeCrypt team and delivering a successful project and bringing a new lease of life into this historic building.’
Welcome to Discover DeCrypt
Discover DeCrypt is the project to regenerate the Church of St Mary de Crypt and the Old Crypt Schoolrooms bringing them back into full use as a place of worship, a community hub and a venue for art, culture and learning, open and accessible to all.
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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Croft Building and Conservation Ltd as principal contractor to carry out the 12 month programme of restoration on the Church of St Mary de Crypt and the Old Crypt Schoolroom. Croft have moved onto site and work is expected to continue until early 2019 with a projected opening date of March 2019. This is an important milestone in the life of the project which we are very excited to have reached!
Croft is one of the UK's leading building conservation specialist contractors, based in the Midlands and surrounding areas, employing over 80 craftspeople in traditional methods of construction. They are committed to running apprenticeships teaching traditional building craft skills to future generations. A number of local young people will benefit from the appointment of Croft through engagement in apprenticeships during the works, an aspect particularly important to Discover DeCrypt.