Expanding Norfolk architects designed new church
Norfolk practice SMG Architects has offices in Sheringham, Norwich and St Neots, and recent work has included designing an innovative new church building in Sheringham and taking a team to Uganda to help provide more facilities at a village school.
The practice has grown significantly since 1980 when David Stead Architects commenced trading. In 2000 Ian Mutton joined David creating Stead Mutton Architects. In 2010 we moved premises and changed our name to Stead Mutton Griggs Architects Limited, adding the name of Adam Griggs RIBA. In 2015 we changed the name again to SMG Architects Limited.
We have a second office in Norwich following an increase in business in the city, and we have a large team of both technical and support staff with a reputation for quality, integrity and service.
offers clients the capabilities and experience to see projects through all stages from inception and planning to construction and beyond. We are able to provide a coordinated design role to our clients, offering a single point of contact and we have developed a completely integrated design service
Integrated design service
Full Project Co-ordination
Listed Building Work
Computer Aided Design & Drafting
SMG Architects has developed a fully networked computer system utilising advanced hardware and software packages. The use of this technology ensures the fast and efficient production of information and drawings.
12 fully networked computer systems
A4 - A1 drawings in full colour
Latest Microsoft products
Traditional drafting method
At Easter 2012 a team of 11 people left Sheringham to spend two weeks working with and helping some of the most deprived people in Africa. They travelled to Uganda and spent the majority of their time north of Luwero out in the bush near a village called Kuwoke.
There were two main purposes for the visit: Firstly, the local village school needed a replacement toilet block, and secondly the school needed more educational resources.
The existing sanitary facilities were pungent, public, and in dire need of replacement, so we worked alongside the local people using hand tools that had been generously donated to us by North Norfolk people. We were delighted to see the toilets virtually completed by the time of our departure.
On one day of our visit, 110 pupils were registered in one classroom. Once again we were so fortunate to have been given various educational resources to stimulate and assist the children in their learning. Sue, a recently retired teacher, was able to offer help and advice to the head teacher, which he clearly valued, and on subsequent visits more resources will be donated.
The youngest team member was Matthew Mutton then aged 9, a pupil at Sheringham Primary School, who had managed to raise almost £2,000 by undertaking a mini triathlon to support some of these projects.
Food parcels were prepared using resources funded by members of Sheringham Baptist Church. The recipients of these parcels were overcome with the generosity of the Sheringham people who had shown them such compassion.
Thank you to all who helped make this possible. The people of Kuwoke will not forget your generosity.
Lighthouse - Moving a Church
The Baptist Church premises in Sheringham
were in need of extensive remedial work following reports from structural engineers, and the decision was taken to replace the building on a new site.
The new building needed to fulfil a number of specific requirements for both the current congregation, and in order to meet the needs of the local community.
Required features included:
A large auditorium capable of seating 250 people,
Numerous satellite rooms for smaller meetings and for youth and children’s work,
Large kitchen and café facilities
The building, called Lighthouse, was finally completed in September 2013 and Lighthouse Community Church (formerly the Baptist Church) has its impressive new home.