Renovation work underway on one of Scunthorpe’s most iconic buildings

Tourism, Museums and The Arts
14:20, Friday, 8th December 2023

The historic St John’s church is undergoing extensive repairs and rebuilding work to bring the building back into full use.

The overhaul, thanks to Government cash from the Towns Fund, will create an even better space for events and activities.

The work allows for the development of Discover@20-21, a space where children and families can learn, play and explore science and technology activities.

UK Restoration Service (UKRS) has been awarded the contract for the conservation work and began this week on the Grade II listed building to make it more accessible and connected to the Queen Elizabeth Garden, just outside.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council said: “The conservation work on this wonderful historic building forms part of the wider vision for Scunthorpe town centre to help it flourish and bring more people into the town centre.

“I am delighted that work is underway to bring the historic building back into use and paves the way for the new science and technology centre, Discover@20-21. The plans are really exciting.

“The Government cash is enabling us to make a difference and improve the town centre – creating a new future, which is a key priority for us.”

The works include extensive repairs and rebuilding of the roofs as well as the descaling, cleaning and repointing of stonework – with many of the church’s original features restored or renewed using historical evidence.

Internally, timber repairs include the eaves, architectural cornices, trusses and timber angels – as well as a full clean and repointing plus a new building management system to ensure the building is protected for years to come.

The internal restoration work is expected to be completed by April 2024.

Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities, Scunthorpe, Ashby and Bottesford, said: “St John’s church is a significant landmark in Scunthorpe, but for many years it hasn’t been used in its full capacity. It is great that conservation work is now being undertaken to ensure it is preserved for many years to come.

“Discover@20-21 will provide another reason for people to visit the town centre.”

It is part of the more than £100m of Government funding which has backed the council’s plans for creating a new future in North Lincolnshire. This includes cash for roads, new motorway junctions, enabling people to develop their skills and supporting communities.

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