Plans are coming together to restore West Bay’s former Methodist Church and transform it into the West Bay Discovery Centre.
Bridport Area Development Trust, the local charity behind the project, has announced that after a formal tender process, R&C Building Conservation of Shaftesbury have been appointed the contract to deliver the construction-related part of the project.
Angel Architecture involvement
Trust Director John West said: ‘We are delighted with this appointment. R & C Conservation have plenty of experience of historic and ecclesiastical buildings. They will be working closely with our Project Manager, Daryl Chambers and Architect Kim Sankey of Angel Architecture to repair and adapt the 170-year-old chapel so that it will continue to be an iconic landmark feature in West Bay.’
John added: ‘At the same time we are working with Bristol-based designers Smith and Jones to create an exciting scheme for the interior of the Discovery Centre. It will provide a treasure trove of information for people to explore, both inside and outside the building.’
Building work on the site is planned to take 16 weeks.
With the structural repairs and the internal works complete, the Discovery Centre is scheduled to open to visitors in mid to late summer.