Sutton in the Elms Baptist Church

    Working with Mayway Construction, specialists in church projects, JMS were committed to meeting the clients needs in the creation of a much-needed extension and the refurbishment of Sutton in the Elms Baptist church – Leicestershire’s oldest Baptist church, dating back to 1646.

    Much of the project was reliant on budgets and monies raised by fundraising and so JMS factored in stages so that additional funds could be raised over a longer period of time.

    With a growing congregation there was a need for access adaptation to ensure that people of all mobility levels could use every part of the building and the end result saw a new central hub, with multi-use rooms and meeting places, and improved toilet and kitchen facilities, along with easy access to the building from the car park. To reduce costs further, JMS ensured energy efficient heating and improved thermal fabric were in place across the new construction. This will not only see the construction have a reduced environmental impact, but lower energy costs for the church going forward too. To celebrate the rich history of the church, details from the old building were also retained and included in the new designs.

    The results of the project were so successful that JMS have been shortlisted for a prestigious ProCon award. The Leicestershire construction industries’ most respected and well-known awards.

    “This was a rewarding project, one that celebrates the incredible history of the church building, while adding lots of extra usable space, in a way that didn’t disrupt the surrounding, or alter the skyline. The new construction respects the established landscape, while having an eye on providing an energy-efficient future, which is the JMS approach in a nutshell.”

    Thank you to Mayway Construction for allowing us to use these images.


    Sutton in The Elms