With approximately 1,000 people using St Paul’s Church’s facilities each week, the current buildings were no longer sufficient to support the wide variety of projects. Following consultations with church members and the surrounding community, the church council developed a brief that sought a modern addition that would sit well alongside the historic church and put into built form their aims to “Reach, Teach, Mend and Send".
The new building is conceived in three distinct elements: the ark, the street, and the main body. These three components provide an elegant transition between the existing residential buildings on Walliscote Road and St Paul’s Church:
- Light-filled, open environment with a café, training rooms, resource areas, offices and a multi-use space
- Flexible space over two levels
- Connected to the main church buildling by glass-roofed atrium
Set within the Beach Lawns conservation area, our team has integrated the new community facilities adjacent to the historic St. Paul’s Church through a contemporary, yet sensitive design approach while ensuring the proposals fit within the local context. The scheme will target an environmental rating of BREAM ‘Very Good’. Delivery will be planned to occur in a tight timeframe, managing construction whilst allowing the existing building to remain operational as a highly active church.