The Chapel, Clavering, Essex


Chapel conversion, two-storey rear and single-storey side extensions and basement dig-out.


Clavering, Essex


Hill Green conservation area



This beautiful five-bedroom development blends the character of a historic building with all the 21st century mod cons perfectly.

In collaboration with a private developer, New World Architectural supported in converting a chapel building in Essex’s Hill Green conservation area into an enviable luxury residential property.

The chapel was originally constructed in 1844 and as a result enabling repair work was required in order to stabilise the existing building for its future use and to allow site work to progress safely.

The project included a two-storey extension, a side extension and a challenging basement dig out to facilitate a leisure and relaxation area comprising a gym, cinema room and games room with a bar and pool table.

Planning stages of this project included basement tanking, new frame extensions and detailing of all oak work including trusses and upgrading of the existing building to comply with current building regulations.

Services provided:

  • Planning consultancy throughout the project
  • Detailed planning and construction drawings
  • Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP ratings) and sustainability assessments
The project exceeded and went way beyond all of my expectations. We put some very ambitious plans in place and the end result is 100% what we wanted to achieve. I couldn’t recommend Neil highly enough. He approached the project with the same care and attention as if it were his own property with great passion and enthusiasm to deliver the results.
Before the start of this project, we had some concerns around the property collapsing into the basement when we were digging it out so the planning element of this project was of paramount importance to us. Neil is always quick to come up with creative solutions when challenges are flagged and his detailed drawings made the delivery of the project very efficient.
This was my first major building development project for my own home. Neil is one of the most experienced building engineers I have worked with and because of the details in his technical drawings, it ran seamlessly. He was helpful throughout the process and much more engaged during the delivery than other architects I have worked with.
This was a tricky project because there were some issues with the levelling of the property. These were overcome thanks to Neil’s team and all the experience they brought to our project. New World Architectural has great initiative and get on with the job to make life much easier for us.
We did have quite a few ideas and photos of what we wanted for a separate studio in our garden and Neil Cook managed skilfully to translate them into drawings and detailed plans. His local knowledge of planning regulations and what we would be allowed to build was invaluable and saved so much time in having the plans approved. They sailed through without objection.
Chris & Jane
The architectural services on this job included everything from start to finish and were delivered with great professionalism throughout. It’s great to work with a professional who support us every step of the way and communicate their actions clearly. If they tell us it’s done, it’s done and it’s done well.
This was the first project I had tackled with such a firm focus on energy efficiency and the build was required to meet a number of criteria levels as instructed by Building Control. New World Architectural took over responsibility of this, carried out detailed research of this and ensured the requirements were set out to us very clearly. The plans were well executed and the residents are very proud of the results.