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3DReid unveils 'church in a box' proposals

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3DReid has drawn up plans to drop a large wooden box into a Scottish Church as a design response to dwindling congregations

The practice is on the verge of submitting a planning application for the large timber ‘sanctuary space’ into the interior of the existing Avonbridge United Reform Church near Falkirk.
The new room would provide an intimate space for services, allow multiple events to take place simultaneously, but could also be opened up to allow the whole church to be used for larger events.

Chris Dobson, associate director and project lead at 3DReid, told the AJ: ‘The design was something that came about that we developed in collaboration with the URC. The brief was getting the most out of the building with a minimal budget. It will allow small congregations to feel more intimate, rather than being lost in a big cold church.’

The redesign will create a new skylight allowing daylight to illuminate the box, and includes the creation of new toilet and kitchen facilities.

Dobson added: ‘The URC is trying to do a lot more community outreach work and the kitchen is a key part of that, allowing them to run lunch clubs to provide meals for people who otherwise wouldn’t get them.’

The revamp will also see the demolition of an existing church hall, allowing community activities to move to the main building.

Detailing on the scheme has been designed by furniture designer Ben Dawson, who made furniture for the Scottish Parliament building.

The scheme is the most advanced of three that 3DReid is working on with the URC across its Scottish estate.

Dobson said that the other projects might involve building extensions to existing facilities.

3DReid proposals for a 'box in church' at Avonbridge United Reform Church

3DReid proposals for a ‘box in church’ at Avonbridge United Reform Church

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