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University of Winchester & Design Engine Architects - Chapel tours

The University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR

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 20 September: Tours: 1030 and 1130

 The tour will take approx 30 to 45minutes. 

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.

Earlier Event: September 20
Medieval Winchester - a walking tour