Grade Two Star–listed building Haworth Parish Church has been shortlisted in the Best Inclusive Building category for the West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards.
This round of local awards is part of the 2018 Local Authority Building Control (LABC) award scheme.
Access to the church has been dramatically improved for users of all abilities, by removing an awkward timber entrance lobby and installing an automatic, glazed entrance door set in a solid oak frame. The project also created a new servery and toilet facilities at the west end, with a fully accessible toilet and baby-change facility.
The LABC awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry. They reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, and partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.
The Church has been selected from a list of nominations consisting of schemes throughout West Yorkshire.
And the Church will find out whether they have been selected as one of the projects to go through to the regional stage at an elegant black-tie ceremony to be staged at the Best Western Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford on Friday, June the 8th.
If Haworth Church’s project is selected then the next stage will see them judged against entries from east, north and south Yorkshire with the ultimate destination being the national finals in London on Friday, November 9th.
Rev. Peter Mullins, the recently-appointed Rector of Haworth Parish Church, said: “It has been a real pleasure arriving at a church which has taken the issue of good access so seriously and so creatively. It would be stunning if those who have worked so hard were to be rewarded by this sort of recognition.”
Stephen Dixon, the Church’s architect of Calls Architecture, Leeds, said: “Besides its congregation, Haworth Parish Church also receives many thousands of tourists each year but, until recently, it had only a single toilet that was unsuitable for disabled users and served only the vestry.
“The main public entrance to the church is via the north porch which had a draughty lobby dating from the 1960s that presented a barrier to both wheelchair and pram users. Now access to the church has now been dramatically improved for users of all abilities; the awkward entrance lobby has been removed and the new automatic, glazed entrance door installed in its place.
“The project also created a new food servery, and toilet facilities at the west end, with a fully accessible toilet and baby-change facility.”