MEB Design were appointed to work with the Church Team to design a new church on the site of the existing 1960’s church which had became rundown and no longer fit to serve the congregation and community. The new church comprises a worship area, concourse, meeting rooms, offices and kitchen facilities. At the rear of the building there is a new car park and children’s play area.
Internally and externally the church has a contemporary appearance. The external materials of glass curtain walling, zinc cladding and roofing with large aluminium framed windows make the building appear of it’s time. The red brick elevations gives the building a robust feel and tie the church into it’s residential setting. On the main street elevation the worship area has a linear brick wall in a stack bond arrangement to emphasise the importance of the space behind. Glass is used internally to the stair and gallery balustrade. Perforated plasterboard ceilings give the spaces a clean contemporary feel while reducing noise. Ash wood is used throughout for doors, architraves, skirting boards, stringer trims, most notably in the worship area where vertical battens are combined with fabric behind to provide acoustic absorption.
The project enjoyed a positive relationship between the main contractor, consultants and client team, which has resulted in a high quality building that will serve the congregation and community well for this and future generations.