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C20 Society objects to Perivale Church demolition

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The 20th Century Society has objected to the demolition of a modernist 1960s church in Perivale in the London Borough of Ealing

Plans by multidisciplinary practice Calford Seaden to redevelop the site of the church, which the society describes as a ‘non-designated heritage asset’, will be heard at an Ealing Council planning meeting this evening (4 September).

Designed by Lawrence King the original 1965 church has a concrete structure with a distinctive copper roof.

The 20th Century Society’s objection reads: ‘The significance of the church lies in its layout as a centrally planned space with an altar that is dramatically lit from above by the surrounding clerestory, and the internal fixtures of corona and wood.

‘The building is prominent with a distinctive central saddleback tower and is of value as a landmark building for Perivale. The society considers that the applicant has failed to adequately consider the heritage value of the existing church, and has not provided sufficient justification for demolition.

‘While the building may be in need of maintenance works it is not in a state beyond repair and functional use.’

The proposed replacement scheme designed by Calford Seaden for ASRA Housing Association will provide a three storey building with a replacement church and meeting rooms at ground floor.

Vinesh Pomal, Secretary of the North West London Society of Architects and local resident added: ‘[The] current proposals are still not suitable for the site with regards to the site layout and architectural resolution.

‘While I appreciate the site has many constraints, it feels the scheme has responded to them directly rather than using them as an opportunity to enhance the architecture and provide a new landmark for Perivale - a forgotten town of the London Borough of Ealing.

‘The proposed sweeping entrance canopy, circular columns and overall site layout lack any design quality. This is a lost opportunity in redefining the transitional boundary between an industrial and residential area through high quality architecture which, could help put Perivale back on the map.’

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