St Philip and St James’ Church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DL

Who’s Involved




We are very grateful to the members of our congregation who bring a wealth of relevant skills and experience to the Board. This group meets formally once a month, but between meetings members devote a considerable amount of time to the project.

David Mace:  Chairman

Adrian Barlow:  Heritage

Clair Chilvers:  Furniture and furnishings

Peter Cottingham:  Fundraising (Churchwarden)

Nick Davies:  Team Rector

Stuart Hutton:  Church Treasurer

Hazel Mace:  Change management and communications (Churchwarden)

These reordering board members may be contacted by email via the parish office :



Project Architects

The project architects are Ferguson Mann Architects , based in Bristol and  who have a national reputation for award-winning architecture, urban design, conservation and creative regeneration.

The practice strongly believe in working closely with its clients and responding to the ‘genius of the place’. They create and conserve special buildings and places, always guided by principles of sustainability.

During the past 40 years the quality of their work has been recognised across a range of awards including National RIBA Awards, RICS Conservation Awards, Civic Trust Awards, Housing Design Awards and numerous regional design awards.

The team working on our project is led by Chris Balme, Director and Conservation lead, supported chiefly by Nicola Lewis, Senior Architect. Among their many heritage and church-based projects which impressed us was St James Priory. This project, supported by HLF, was to conserve the building fabric of Bristol’s oldest church and to create new facilities to make it an accessible community hub.


Quantity Surveyors

 Synergy (Bare Leaning & Bare), act as Quantity Surveyors (QS) for the church reordering. This is a hugely experienced ecclesiastical specialist firm, based in Bath

Bare Leaning & Bare’s Bath team is led by Duncan Ball. Each team member offers extensive expertise in the cost management of the repair and alteration work to buildings of historic and architectural importance to conserve them, give them a new use and make them more useable – or simply to introduce the comforts of 21st century life. This team has substantial experience in the ecclesiastical sector, including the alteration, repair and conservation of many of the UK’s principal Churches and eighteen Cathedrals.

The Bath team are active members of the RICS Conservation Forum, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings (ASCHB), ensuring they are at the forefront of research into the care and conservation of our heritage. A number of their Bath surveyors also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Building Conservation..

The projects undertaken are not limited to the repair and conservation of the historic fabric, but also improvements to enhance the setting for worship, as well as providing facilities for church staff, congregations and visitors.

Mechanical and Electrical Engineers

This is an important relationship for the church, as it is the mechanical and electrical engineers who plan the underfloor heating system, IT connectivity,lighting and AV as well as  drains and other services which will be vital for a functioning building.

With almost four decades of experience EEP has delivered on more than 3,500 successful projects and has been associated with hundreds of Clients. EEP prides themselves on delivering comprehensive Mechanical, Electrical, Public Health, and Environmental engineering solutions in a broad range of projects. From large new-build, renovations and fit-outs to bespoke environmental designs that result in more efficient buildings.

EEP’s objective, through communication, understanding and application, is to out-deliver on the design brief whilst producing buildings that work for their occupants.

Their team is led by Nigel Bowater, M&E Director, supported chiefly by Chris Green, Mechanical Engineer and Isabella Philips, Electrical Engineer

 Structural Engineers

Our Structural Engineers are Clark Nicholls Marcel Ltd., a nationally respected firm with offices in Cheltenham.  Their expertise is vital to support our ambitious plans for this heritage building.

Clarke Nicholls Marcel enjoys a proud history from over 70 years of engineering excellence in the construction industry, and has carried out over 10,000 commissions, providing a wide range of structural and civil engineering services across all sectors including retail, healthcare, commercial, hotels, residential, and education.


Landscape Architects

We commissioned highly regarded local landscape designers, Illman Young  to prepare a design for our car park. They have created a multi-purpose outdoor space which is beautiful,  versatile and practical.