Newington Green Unitarian Church, 39a Newington Green, London
Newington Green Unitarian Church and its forecourt wall and railings are separately, both Grade II listed. After the Toleration Act of 1689 non-conformist meeting houses were allowed and the chapel was built in 1708. It was originally built by the Presbyterians and in the 18th century it became a Unitarian Chapel.
It was enlarged and re-fronted in 1860, when a chapel school was built to the rear, as well as an apse with a pulpit to the main chapel. The chapel is a single storey building with a pedimented gable of stucco facing Newington Green.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £1.73 million for the major renovation plans which include a new visitor centre, disabled access and funding to future-proof the building, so it can serve generations to come.
The architects, Richard Griffiths Architects, contacted KEIM in late 2018 as the Church was in need of a full internal and external refurbishment. KEIM Paints were considered the most suitable products on the market and architects admired KEIM’s colours and finishes.
Anton Boekhoudt of KEIM Mineral Paints met the architect and main contractor, Bakers of Danbury Heritage Ltd to produce a specification detailing pre-treatment and application methods.
KEIM Optil was the chosen system for the internal lime plaster and plasterwork surfaces to provide a opaque, clean finish.
KEIM Soldalit-ME was specified for the external lime render to purify air quality. KEIM Soldalit-ME has resistance to mould and algae growth due to its photocatalytic properties.
Richard Griffiths Architects commented “The KEIM paint has proven to be a great product and we are thrilled with the results.”