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Trentham lands planning for mixed-use church building

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[First look + project data + plans] Michael Trentham Architects has won planning permission for this project to build a church and apartments in Southwark, London

Southwark council approved the 2,309m² scheme on Wednesday last week.

The scheme, which won support from the Southwark Diocesan Advisory Committee earlier this year, replaces a place of worship on the site with a new ground floor facility within a four story building.

The original St Hugh’s Church building was destroyed during the second world war.

Michael Trentham of the practice explained: ‘We worked closely with the church and the Cannon of Southwark Cathedral to evolve a design suitable for modern worship and that would also serve the wider community.

‘We wanted a solid brick building, in keeping with the existing context and character, detailed with deep reveals and set back terraces that provide shadow lines to articulate the sunlight and animate the principle elevations.

‘We also wanted to open the church and community space to the street via a colonnade encouraging passive observation and a more open relationship at street level.’

Michael Trentham Architects' mixed-use church in Southwark, London

Michael Trentham Architects’ mixed-use church in Southwark, London


Project data

Architects:Michael Trentham Architects
Location: Crosby Row, SE1
Type of project: Mixed use – D1/C3
Client: Street Sherwood
Start on site date: June 2011
Gross internal floor area:  2,309m²


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