the project

This project involved alterations and extensions to a beautiful 18th-Century listed building. The extension was to provide a new entrance hallway for brides, and also toilet facilities. The existing main entrance to the church is adjacent to the front pew, thus not allowing a bride to process down the aisle.

How we worked

We felt it was important to design an extension which did not draw attention to itself or overshadow the existing main side entrance to the church. We worked in the existing architectural language of the church, and panelled the interior of the extension in oak. Drainage from this traditional historic building was a particular challenge, involving a 150m long pumped drainage system.

Success of the project

The new entrance hallway has proved successful for weddings. It has also greatly helped the comfort conditions of the rear of the church. The project is an energy efficient design. This feature and the concept of easily accessible wheelchair toilet facilities is one that as church architects we aim to include on all church projects. The decision to adopt a tradition design has meant that the extension will not date.