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Tuesday 3rd June 2014

BJ Waller Helps To Transform Cambridge?s Iconic Church

Always pleased to take on exciting projects, BJ Waller is pleased to announce it's recent involvement in the  £1.7m redevelopment of Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge.

Having hosted one of Cambridge’s most iconic churches since 1200, the Great St Mary’s site, found between Senate House and Market Square, has become part of the cosmopolitan city’s heritage. With the current building dating back to the late 15th century, the church is for the students of the University of Cambridge, and also sees many members of the public visit to take in the fantastic views from the top of its famous tower.

The development, in which BJ Waller was keen to be a part of, was undertaken after research discovered visitors often perceived the church as being close, due to the need to shut the magnificent oak doors during bad weather. Work was needed to rectify this to ensure that visitors enjoyed the gorgeous sites from within, whilst giving the church a modern facelift.

Working alongside Archimage Architects from Wilburton in Cambridgeshire and church restoration specialists, F. A. Valiant & Sons LTD, BJ Waller provided ironmongery services including door furniture, locks & latches, and folding door gear. 

B J Waller became involved from design stage of this project, providing its expertise and scheduling services to specify some fantastic products, including Royde & Tucker Grade 13 Triple Knuckle Hinges, Samuel Heath Powermatic Door Closers and a range of items by Frank Allart manufactured in the UK.

All hardware was produced in the finishes needed to fit in with the church's 15th century building style, as well as maximising security features. A bronze effect was employed throughout to create synergy between the new and original pieces present. 

The two sets of folding doors were made in oak and stained to fit in with the original wood throughout the church. The doors were placed in front of the shop to provide safety and security, as well as allowing the gift shop and heritage areas to stay open during church events. BJ Waller supplied Frank Allart Espagnolettes, as well as the first door leaf hung on a Heavy Duty Floor Pivot for it's folding doors. 

Kate Phizacklea from Great St Marys Church said: "The work was completed as part of the big redevelopment project which took over a year to complete. We are incredibly pleased with the results. It's the little details that make all the difference really."

Sales Director of BJ Waller, Luke Piper, said that: "It was fantastic to be involved with the St Mary’s Church project, it’s a beautiful building that helps to form the centre piece of Cambridge."

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