The refurbishment of the existing listed building included the addition of a new gallery to increase the capacity of the building and has been finished with a contemporary yet sympathetic palette of materials and details, allowing an interesting juxtaposition of stone with copper and timber cladding.
The contemporary 2-storey metal and glass extension links the existing church and the bell tower and provides flexible multi-purpose spaces to accommodate the requirements of the church and needs of the community. The building, as well as its primary function as a church, is also used as a community centre, adult learning centre, crèche and a venue for other social events.
Matching the contemporary materiality of the new building with the stone and slate of the existing church provided a welcome opportunity to explore solutions for an ever-occurring challenge. The interface between old and new proved to be particularly sensitive and was dealt with by introducing negative glass junctures.
The local people have been very positive about the design of the church. The final solution has both strengthened the iconic status of the church in this relatively quiet residential area and reinforced the animation of the public realm through its frequent use.