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Berwick Church in rural East Sussex contains a secret. Hidden within its thick stone walls lie beautiful ornate murals painted onto wooden panels. They were commissioned during the second world war and painted by Duncan Grant and Vanessa and Quentin Bell.

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of the Arts Council said:
It is the only example of the complete decoration of the interior of ancient parish church by modern artist of repute and is of national importance. It lies in the beautiful South Downs National Park with spectacular views of the escarpment of the Downs to the south.”

The church itself is Grade I listed and dates back to the 12th Century. It is situated within the South Downs National Park and a conservation area. It is a very sensitive site.

The church is undergoing extensive renovation work on the roof, floor and heating system. Isoenergy has been asked to design and install ground source heat pump system to help the church reduce its carbon footprint.

As part of the renovation work, underfloor heating is being installed throughout the building, which is to be served by a ground source heat pump. This renewable energy system is to provide conservation heating to the building which is to be humidity controlled, to protect the artworks, and to have the capacity to provide comfort heating for services and events.

The Reverend Peter Blee comments:
The careful development of this project in such a sensitive church and in such a unique setting required both patience and expertise and ISO have been extremely helpful from the outset. Providing advice, patiently explaining details, inviting us to visit their office, combined with the breadth of their experience all helped to build confidence and develop a good working relationship. They’ve responded to the many questions that have been posed and patiently revisited proposals and reworked plans. They’ve worked cooperatively and constructively with the other professionals involved in the project. We’re looking forward to the realisation of the plans and installation of the system.”

There will be more on the project once work starts on the ground but for now a description of the work can be found on the Berwick Church website.



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