During the late 19th century the city of Salisbury was expanding northwards and there was a need for a new church in this area. In 1899 the district chapelry of St. Mark was formed out of the northern part of St. Martin's parish.
Temporary churches had been built in Gigant Street (1880) and Wyndham Park (1882) but in 1892 the building of a permanent church at the junction of St. Mark's Avenue and London Road began.
The architect was J.A. Reeve and by 1894 the first phrase, consisting of the chancel, Lady Chapel, transepts and one bay of the nave was opened. The church was consecrated in 1899 and further expansion work was completed in 1915 and 1922.
Fast forward almost 100 years and CPS was approached by Bruno Drag (Vicar) and Charles Dew Jones (Churchwarden) of St. Mark, to supply and install a bespoke demountable staging system with a removable communion rail. The main purpose of this project was to extend the chancel into the nave area of the church to form a warm and welcoming dais.
The stage area had to be carefully designed with tremendous precision to bridge the chancel steps and fit around the pillars of the church. Seven standard Alu Rapid platforms along with eight bespoke ‘special’ platforms were subsequently manufactured and installed by the skilled CPS team.
This was accompanied by two bespoke Alu Rapid ramps, timber steps with oak hardwood nosing and tread with oak veneered risers and oak veneered fascia boards with hardwood nosing to give the stage a quality feel and finish that was aesthetically pleasing and in line with the architecture and fabric of the church.
The main surface area of the stage along with the second step was finished in a Heckmondwike Supacord carpet which fitted perfectly around the socket boxes that were incorporated within the platforms.
Following completion of the project, we received the following testimonial from Charles Dew Jones:
We have quite a complicated arrangement of steps and pillars requiring a lot of careful measuring and craftsmanship to create a new high quality dais/staging area in our church. We are delighted with the outcome CPS achieved and although it's technically demountable it’s not going to be moved any time soon!
The bespoke staging service offered by CPS comes with the technical ability and know-how to be able to create platforms of any size, height or shape. We are more than willing to tackle the most demanding projects no matter how complicated it may be and will advise how your space will benefit from a professional staging system.
We have been transforming the appearance of spaces since 1966 and has gained significant experience and knowledge of delivering successful projects in many well-known religious buildings. Our expertise is to take a concept from their clients and meticulously follow all projects through to completion working very closely with key members of fabric committees.
For further information about our staging products or a no-obligation quote and free product demonstration, please contact Tim Gilson on 01302 741888 or email us here.