Lynch Architects has won planning permission for this new convent for the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Copenhagen Street, near King’s Cross
The central London scheme completes a ‘trinity of religious properties on the site’ and sits alongside a presbytery and a church.
The convent will house accommodation for eight nuns as well as an oratory chapel, an archive and a meeting room.
A ramp, which provides disabled access to the church next door, which wraps around the site to form a cloister. Work is expected to start later this year and complete in 2015.
The architect’s view
‘The oratory is situated at the front of the building on Copenhagen Street, set back slightly, and partly shrouded by trees. Its volume is articulated by walls of stained glass, which will be designed by the artist Brian Clarke. The structure will be made of engineered timber and clad in terrazzo inlaid with white Carrara marble, with gold aluminium window frames and skylights.
‘The unusual rooflight disguises a lift overrun and brings natural light into the centre of the plan, and unlike the church next door, is oriented East-West.’
Client The Pallottine Missionary Sisters
Architect Lynch Architects
Structural engineer Eurban
Access consultant David Bonnett associates
Services and fire engineer Buro Happold
CDM coordinator Orsa Consultants