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Evangelical Church, Ipswich
In December 2020, Donnelly Watson were approached by Hope Church to install brand new flooring throughout their newly acquired HQ in Ipswich, Suffolk. The iconic building - formerly an Odeon Cinema, had stood empty since 2005 and was ready for a complete transformation into a fantastic community hub at the heart of the town centre.
The unique space comprises a 600 seater auditorium, several multi-use spaces of all shapes and sizes, toilets and two cafe / bar areas. A fabulous project for us to sink our teeth into!
With a combination of uses required, a tailored approach and wide variety of flooring products are now showcased within this building.
Burmatex, Tivoli Belize Greige carpet tiles were a firm favourite due to the durability and practicality of the finish and are used on the ground, 1st, 2nd & 3rd floor rooms, stairs and landings.
Although the fit of the reception Foyer culminated the project, the use of Karndean, Art Select Morning Oak Parquet, laid in a herringbone pattern made for a striking first impression to its new users.
Although we are well-accustomed to projects of this nature; due to its magnitude, it is no surprise we had to overcome a few challenges throughout the building’s 9 month transformation.
As the work was carried out through the COVID-19 pandemic, our involvement was subject to incredibly tough restrictions and stringent Health & Safety regulations. This included regular symptom testing and strict access schedules to avoid cross contact with other operatives.