Demolition, refurbishment and addition of a contemporary new build to link the existing church buildings, constructed in 1886, to increase community use space in a church that is well-used throughout the week for numerous activities beyond traditional worship. Working closely with the client, WDA devised a scheme that created new, flexible public spaces whilst respecting the heritage of the existing structure. This includes a double-height foyer with structural glazing to the entire southern gable, that creates a bright and permeable entrance space to welcome visitors. The contrast between the rough, rustic original stone and the smooth, crisp VieoZinc creates a comfortable tension between new and old, bringing the church into the 21st century without overshadowing the past.
This site-wide redevelopment included the conversion of a Listed Church Centre, located to the rear corner of the site. Forming the first phase of the site’s re-development, WDA designed and administered the sensitive conversion of this existing building to create 4No. unique apartments, which maximised the funding available for the church works.