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Fletcher Crane unveils church hall plans

Emerging practice Fletcher Crane Architects has revealed these plans for a new £450,000 community hall in Teddington, south-west London

The 310m² glulam timber-framed scheme will sit next to the listed St Marks Church and replace a former ‘temporary’ hall that was destroyed by arson in 2009.

It is understood a decision on the project will be made by the local authority in March 2012.

In 2010 the Teddington-based studio won the high-profile 36 The Calls contest in Leeds ahead of almost a 100 entrants and featured as one of the AJ’s new practices (#27) in May that same year.

The architect’s view

The proposals were developed with input from the Church congregation and through public consultation of the wider community.
The final building form was developed to reflect the function of the internal spaces whilst optimising the use of natural light, all within an easy to maintain and secure envelope. The building will be constructed using a Glulam portal frame and the facades will be finished in vertical timber cladding and opaque and clear glazed end walls. Internally the setting out of the building has been developed to allow the walls to be finished in standardised uncut ply sheeting. 


Development models


Project data

Architects: Fletcher Crane Architects (see new practice
Teddington, south-west London
Type Of Project: Church Hall, replacement of a burned down hall
Structural Engineers: Elliott Wood Consultants
Client: St Marks Baptist Church
Funding: Raised over last five years, insurance money
Tender date: April 2012
Start on site date: June 2012
Contract duration: 8 months
Gross internal floor area: 310m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional Contract
Total cost: £450,000
Quantity surveyor: Doug Chalmers Consultants




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