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Konishi Gaffney wins contest to revamp former Edinburgh church

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Konishi Gaffney Architects has won an invited competition to rework a former church in Edinburgh – the current home of the Greyfriars Charteris Centre

The Edinburgh-based practice saw off Hoskins Architects, Zone Architects and Morgan McDonnell, to land the job to reconfigure the former Kirk o’Field Church and St Ninians Centre for the year-old charity.

The scheme will upgrade the existing buildings on the Pleasance, described as a Centre for Community, knitting together the three large halls and two meeting rooms and ‘infilling’ a three-storey link building between the church and the neighbouring office building with a new lift.

The practice aims to ‘connect the church halls to the street visually and physically [by] cutting down the main nave window to street level and infilling with clear glass’.

The scheme also opens up the basement and includes a ramped access to the lower hall.

The Greyfriars Charteris Centre was set up in June 2016  as a Centre for Community housing numerous offices for local individuals, community groups and businesses.



Project data

Location Charteris Centre, The Pleasance, Edinburgh
Client Greyfriars Kirk, Church of Scotland
Architect Konishi Gaffney Architects
Structural engineer Tall Engineers
M&E consultant Irons Fulner
Quantity surveyor Thomson Gray
Total cost approx. £1.75 million

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