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The Belfrey awards Simpson contract for its major building project

St Michael le Belfrey, a thriving Grade I listed church in York city centre, has awarded the Contract for Impact – its major repair and reordering project – to Simpson, a York based construction company with significant expertise in restoration and conservation.

The rigorous tender exercise was overseen by cost consultants Morham & Brotchie and LDN Architects.

“We are delighted to award this contract to Simpson. The care for their clients and their expertise demonstrated on current projects such as Salford Cathedral and York Minster’s Centre of Excellence gives us confidence that they will help us fulfil our aim to beautifully transform our medieval church building into a more welcoming, accessible and flexible space,” explains Rev Andy Baker, Interim Priest in Charge, The Belfrey.

Andy goes on to say: “We look forward to working with a York based company which fits with our Sustainability Strategy and supports the local economy.”

Impact will be the first major building refurbishment St Michael le Belfrey has seen in more than 150 years. The significant repairs necessary include a new roof, masonry repairs and conservation of the medieval stained glass. The creation of a new gallery, better toilets, flexible seating and a beautiful, accessible, full immersion baptism pool ensures The Belfrey can serve York and the Region better for generations to come.

“We are proud and excited to be appointed to deliver the major reordering works at St Michael le Belfrey. It will be a privilege to work closely with Rev Andy Baker, Gillian Shepherd and the whole professional team in transforming this beautiful Medieval Church in the middle of our home City York, comments Andrew Gatenby, Managing Director, Simpson.

“The refurbishment and restoration project will certainly transform St Michael le Belfrey and in doing so enhance the facilities for the clergy team, congregation and the local community, ensuring this Historical place of worship continues to “serve its city.”