The University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR
Built in 1880, extended in 1927 & restored in 2015 by Design Engine Architects, the University’s Victorian gothic revival Chapel is a jewel at the heart of the campus; a place for prayer & quiet contemplation, and a place to be moved & inspired. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Join us for guided tours hosted by Design Engine Architects, who undertook the restoration of the Chapel in 2015. There will be a short talk about the Chapel alongside other Design Engine projects showing how the practice approaches the design of contemporary buildings in a historic context.
This is a unique opportunity to see how the internal and external fabric of the University’s Chapel has been returned to its former glory. Working with local craftspeople and materials, the project saw the addition of a new altar and font and an extension to the north of the main Chapel.
The new contemporary altar is made from seven horizontal sections of Purbeck stone, referencing number imagery within the Christian faith, as well as a celebration of the University's anniversary; the stone sections also representing the seven 25 year time periods that make up the 175 years of the institution. And the font is designed to reflect light within the interior spaces, a reference to ‘light of the world’.
The Chapel is used for a number of different events and purposes, including services and concerts and a place of quiet contemplation.
● Friday 14 September: Visit Times: 1000, 1200, 1400, 1600
Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
Max 12 people per tour/session. The tour and talk will take approx 30 to 45 minutes.
Please meet outside the University Main Reception five minutes before the start of the visit, and a member of staff will then escort you to the chapel.