We were initially appointed by the church to explore ways in which the existing Grade B listed building could be altered to provide a less formal, more welcoming and contemporary aesthetic with greater accessibility and flexibility within the sanctuary. This was achieved through the insertion of a new double height foyer with glazed rear wall into the sanctuary, a flexible layout through the replacement of pews with comfortable seating, and the creation of a configurable performance area with integrated AV.
A further appointment was for a new church welcome centre offering an open door to the daily activities of the congregation. Due to the sensitive setting, liaison with Historic Buildings and Planning Service representatives was essential at an early stage. The design response was to place an elegant, stone clad, single storey pavilion to the side of the listed church, providing an example of appropriate modernist design in a conservation setting. The centre contains a reception, open foyer and event space, church offices, multipurpose meeting rooms, creche, kitchen, and toilets. It also provides access to the existing church complex.