Brighton Chapel Relocation

Within the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton was a 165 year old, Grade II listed, Victorian Chapel. This was the oldest operating chapel within a healthcare facility within the UK, functioning in the original Barry Building. However, the hospital is undergoing a large 3T reconstruction and development scheme. This scheme included the dismantling, removing, and reconstruction of this entire chapel within the new hospital building.

DBR’s team recreated this sacred space within a new concrete structure, outfitted with lightboxes for stained glass illuminations. Due to the re-location structure, measurements prior to dismantle needed to be exact in order for all original elements to fit back together perfectly within the new structure.

The deconstruction accessibility created complex challenges for DBR Sothern’s team, as the chapel was located within a working hospital during the COVID 19 pandemic. Although the relocation caused the building to lose its Grade II listed status, the chapel was recon-structed to near perfection, with a 10-mil margin for error.

DBRs Brighton Hospital Chapel relocation Team led by Cary Wadey were also awarded for the second time on the project the monthly Laing O’rourke Health & Safety Award for safety excellence on site. Great work by DBR Southerns’ team of highly skilled craftspeople.


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