New church & community centre
Contract value: £1.2M
Client: Anglican Diocese of Ely
Occupying a prominent corner site, the design for the modestly scaled new Anglican church and community centre at Hampton must hold its own against larger surrounding buildings. Distinctive form, emphasised by unified natural zinc cladding, contrasts with its bulky neighbours, which attempt to disguise their size with contrasting bands of materials. Located in the centre of a new town on the outskirts of Peterborough, the new building joins the police station and shopping centre, the only ‘public buildings’ in an environment characterised by large residential blocks interspersed with unbuilt sites. Built up to the pavement and following the raking geometry of the street, there are separate entrances to the church and community facilities which allow the accommodation to be used for different activities simultaneously. Divided into three sections with folding acoustic partitions, the worship area can be adapted to suit different scales of worship, leaving space available for other things. A top-lit chapel on the street corner can be entered from the street for quiet contemplation or form the focus of larger services. The west facing street façade is punctuated by small stained glass windows. Community facilities are organised around a ‘street’ that also provides access to the worship area and culminates in an informal café overlooking the south-facing garden.