The accommodation comprises a new church for 350, a new parish hall, a large entrance / overspill area, kitchen, conference room, children’s liturgy rooms, parish offices and a presbytery for three clergy. The aim of the liturgical space is to welcome all and enhance the spiritual experience of community through a sense of space with minimum distraction from the outside.
The various activities are grouped in one complex with a central circulation / breakout space. The functions are emphasised by architectural form with the worship space dominant in the hierarchy. The layout responds to the site by means of geometry, and placing the worship space and bell tower at the most prominent corner. Materials were chosen in order to integrate the development into its sub-urban surroundings and after lengthy negotiation with planning authorities.
The design team included mechanical & electrical consultant, structural consultant, quantity surveyor, project manager, landscape architect, noise consultant, planning consultant and CDM consultant.
Natural Stone Awards 2010 - interiors commended.
'This large church complex is visually held together by a beautifully designed and executed stone floor. The font at the entrance to the worship area is at the centre of a beautifully detailed floor which leads very symbolically through the centre of the church to burst out again in the sanctuary. The detailing and the quality of the stone give this building a spiritual presence and provide an understanding of the liturgy. The cutting of the complex shapes has been undertaken with great skill and all the sections of the surface beautifully laid.'
Rooney + McConville
13 Upper Crescent
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