Project Planning and Phasing

Project Planning and Phasing

The age of Aldermaston’s  St Mary the Virgin church, it’s importance and it’s Grade 1 Listing means that planning for renovation and planning of any new buildings is a lengthy process. A process that will be influenced by many parties with relevant expertise in designated areas, for example: church buildings and grounds, wall-paintings, stained glass, medieval stone work to name but a few.

Phase 1 – Initial Planning

This phase is about understanding what needs to be done, what we are allowed to do, what permissions are required and how to fund it.

Project scoping

  • What needs repairing?
  • What needs restoration?
  • Heating improvements
  • Toilets & small kitchen


The funds required for this phase are associated with gathering information and preparing for planning applications. They will be mainly be consultant fees for the experts we require.

Preliminary Investigations

  • Ground surveys
  • Consultations with subject matter experts:
    • Wall paintings
    • Stained-glass
    • Grade 1 listed building regulations
  • Suitable options for heating and other practical considerations
  • Understanding of the planning restrictions and planning processes


Phase 2 – Urgent Repair Work

  • Work to stabilise the fabric and contents of the church prior to any major renovation or building works

Phase 3 – Renovation & Building

  • this phase is awaiting the outcomes from the planning phases