When we became involved in this project, the St Francis of Assisi Church was in desperate need of a new Hall to replace the derelict building occupying the rear of the site.
The design of the Hall is essentially that of a modern meeting and function facility. It comprises a main central space, which can be sub-divided using folding acoustic partitions, along with individual meeting rooms, and catering facilities. The Hall benefits from a thorough acoustic design to minimise disruption to the surrounding residential area during functions.
The south-facing flats provide a mixture of 1 & 2 bedroom accommodation in a 3-storey block, and have been designed with minimally-styled glazed balconies in order to maximise natural daylight and the views across the adjacent playing fields.
Both buildings are contemporary in style: the Hall reflects the Church’s aspirations for the future, through the use of modern building techniques and materials. Coloured render and terracotta cladding, along with brickwork, sympathetically blend with the materials of the existing Church to provide a warm welcoming building. The flats are treated in a similar manner, but are more restrained with a pavilion type character, appropriate to their sports ground location.