The redevelopment of Springfield Methodist Church has restored the Edwardian façade (dating from 1902) to its original splendour, provided 28 affordable homes (21 x 2 bedroom and 7 x 1 bedroom apartments, one of which has been designed for a disabled resident), and thereby financed a new Church and community rooms.
Restoration of the façade was welcomed by Lambeth Council as contributing to the visual regeneration of the Wandsworth Road Conservation Area. It includes a lowering of the entrance to pavement level for easy wheelchair access and creation of a large window under the arch, designed to give a welcoming view of the interior of the Church from Wandsworth Road. This is flanked by turrets on either side.
The radical construction solution combines a reinforced concrete podium with a steel frame for the Church, and timber frame for the apartments above. Details such as recessed brickwork bands, string course and plinth, replicate features of the original building, while traditional materials such as brick and render soften the modern design.