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Treske has over 45 years’ experience of designing and making special commissions for bespoke church furniture and furnishings, often for the restoration and reordering of significant ecclesiastical buildings.
Working with church architects, clergy, congregations, as well as heritage and conservation bodies Treske have undertaken the refurbishment of churches, chapels and other places of worship across the UK and internationally.
The new liturgical and choir furniture was created by Mike Mcintosh the head designer at Treske in North Yorkshire, in consultation with Martyn Coppin, Chair of the Cathedral FAC, and John Prichard the Cathedral architect of Lloyd Evans Prichard.
The furniture is designed on a concentric basis, with the central focal point of the special altar positioned on the raised dais in front of the historic quire screen above which is the new organ. The altar is really special, using an historic British and extremely rich and featured rare burr elm top, with bronze inlay in some of the fissures in the wood.
Treske bespoke church chairs are made in a wide range of woods including oak and ash, bespoke or standard, stacking or not, sometimes with commemorative carving or carved lettering. Treske have supplied parish churches, cathedrals, Quaker Meeting Houses, Methodist chapels, school chapels, crematoriums and faith centres, with exactly the seating they needed.
Great care is taken with any church that the seating remains appropriate to the surroundings of the church and to the practical and comfort needs of the congregation.
Today’s increasingly diverse forms of worship and the wide range of community events that also take place in churches and chapels, mean that furniture for the sanctuary and chancel, does not just need to be in keeping with the church architecture, it also needs to be able to be used in different ways and locations. Choir stalls may if not being used need to become additional congregation seating, altars may have to be moved to and from a central position in the nave. This requires experience in developing and realising the designs through a careful process of design development and consultation to arrive at the solution that meets the practical as well as aesthetic needs of the church.
Treske make a wide range of furniture for churches, from individual candle stands, tabernacles, and display cases to larger joinery work including internal porches, panelling, serveries, storage and shelving, to church doors and vestries. Working with the church architect and the church, all work is carefully designed, planned and scheduled, either as part of a sub-contract within a refurbishment or contracted direct.