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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.

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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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