NELSON: STOKE METHODIST CHURCH
You may notice a different outlook at the end of Putaitai Street in Stoke. At the end of the street, the Stoke Methodist Church one stood proud but today, there are town houses. So, what happened to the church?
Look a little to the left and you will see it. Sadly, it was uneconomical to strengthen the old church, but that doesn’t mean that all of the heritage of the building was lost. After demolishing the un-safe church building, Scott Construction strengthened the Stoke Methodist Hall and converted it into the new church for the congregation.
Working with Aaron Walton Architectural Design to create the concept and designs for the new space, Scott Construction removed and refurbished historical the stained glass window from the old church building, they were then placed centre-stage on the Neale Avenue side of the hall. Now, it’s a major feature on this north facing wall for everyone who enters the new building.
During the process of converting the Hall’s Sunday school classrooms into a new chapel, Scott Construction strengthened it to bring it up to earthquake safety standards. This included the demolition of two end walls that were rebuilt using the new cladding system from NZ Brick Distributors called Designer Series, Lightweight Panel. These panels interlock together to form façade that looks like stone. They have a depth of colour and intricate texture that has not been seen in the New Zealand market before, creating a real point of difference to the finish of the new chapel.
We also upgraded the church’s toilets and kitchen spaces and when the job was completed, needless to say, there were some very happy church goers in Stoke.