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First look at Haverstock's £1.5m Hampshire Baptist church

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London-based Haverstock has released these photographs of this recently completed 300-seat brick church in Emsworth, Hampshire


The £1.5 million church building has been designed as a flexible space focused around a central community kitchen.

The flexibility allows the kitchen to also work as the foyer space, hall or auditorium depending on how the building is being used.

According to the practice, the church’s congregation asked for ‘subtle ways to demonstrate their spirituality’. This has been answered through innovative uses of daylighting and simple cross references alongside deep-set slot windows.

The 420m² scheme also features a brick tower to the north-west corner which aims to link the building to the existing high street.

Emsworth Baptist Church by Haverstock

Emsworth Baptist Church by Haverstock

Source: Simon Kennedy

Architect’s view 

The brief called for a church building that would be modern in outlook but also one that would fit well with the character of Emsworth, particularly with the conservation area which lies south of the development. Our consultation techniques worked alongside the church’s own consensus approach to decision making to ensure a solution that is truly owned by the stakeholders. 

The building is a focal point for the community and is possibly the only building of its size to be completed in Emsworth for many years. The proposed layout is a direct response to the constraints of the site, the space requirements and adjacencies set out in the client brief and the wish to reinstate a positive street frontage to North Street - to continue the historic urban dialogue of Emsworth. 

The external building envelope is a carefully composed and detailed series of masonry gable walls as the nature of the site demands that every elevation is important. The largely masonry volume appears to have been carved from one solid element. This carving exercise is influenced by the shape of the site boundary, the immediate building context and the internal space requirements. 

Emsworth Baptist Church by Haverstock

Emsworth Baptist Church by Haverstock

Project data

Location Emsworth, Hampshire
Type of project public/faith building
Client Emsworth Baptist Church
Architect Haverstock
Landscape architect Wynne-Williams Associates
Planning consultant Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
Structural engineer Elliott Wood
M&E consultant Milieu
Quantity surveyor Baqus
CDM coordinator Goddard Consulting
Acoustics Hoare Lea
Main contractor Amiri Construction
Funding Emsworth Baptist Church (fundraising and loan)
Start on site date June 2013
Completion date July 2015
Gross internal floor area 420m2
Form of contract and/or procurement traditional
Total cost £1.5 million

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