Moorlands Church, Lancaster

The existing church site comprises three main buildings.  A Sunday school, a house, and an eighteenth century Chapel.  All the buildings are stone masonry construction with timber floor common in historic buildings in Lancaster city centre

The external areas between the three buildings vary in level and there are a numbers of walls and retaining walls separating the different external areas.

One of the structural design challenges was to design the proposed link buildings with minimum impact on the courtyard in front of the existing chapel.  This is due to the possibility of a graveyard under the courtyard.  A minimal excavation depth was proposed using a cantilevered suspended  floor over the courtyard area.