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Fathom Architects wins Woking church revamp

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Fathom Architects has won a contest to extend and revamp a Grade II-listed Anglican church in Woking town centre, Surrey

The Southbank-based practice defeated Purcell and Hackney’s Gibson Thornley Architects to win the commission to upgrade the historic red brick church on Jubilee Square.

The project, backed by Woking Christ Church PCC, aims upgrade and reconfigure the prominent building next to Wolsey Place shopping centre while also boosting engagement in the church’s congregational and community activities.

Steve Roberts, scretary of Woking Christ Church PCC said: ‘We chose Fathom because their design approach created a new development worthy of the existing building’s history and context, with exciting entrances and internal spaces.’

Justin Nicholls of Fathom Architects said: ‘This is a dream project for Fathom as it brings together three areas we’re particularly interested in - a sensitive historic setting, a strong design brief and an ambitious end user.’

Designed by WF Unsworth, the Gothic Revival church was built to serve Woking’s growing population and consecrated in 1893.

Fathom’s winning scheme introduces a series of contemporary extensions which articulate the buildings varied functions as the church, a café, bookshop, youth centre and conference facility.

More legible internal routes and easy to maintain flexible spaces will also be delivered.

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