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Roz Barr submits plans for Augustinian Centre

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Roz Barr Architects has revealed its plans for a new Augustinian Centre in Hammersmith, West London


The scheme will refurbish the existing St Augustine’s church and hall creating a new home for the Order.

The plans will also add a six-storey cast iron tower inspired by a temporary steel shed which housed the original congregation while the church was being built.

A new centre and priory will be created around the existing hall which will maintain its exhibition and community facilities alongside a new education room and offices.

The foyer of the new centre will become the main entrance proving a café and entrance to the new priory which includes rooms for ten friars and space for prayer.

The existing St Augustine’s church was built in 1911 and a priory was added in 1916.

Augustinian Centre by Roz Barr Architects

Augustinian Centre by Roz Barr Architects

Source: Andrew Putler

Architect’s view

Located immediately to the south of Hammersmith Broadway on Fulham Palace Road, the existing neo-Romanesque church was built in 1911 and adjacent priory completed in 1916. To the rear a 1960s parish hall currently provides office space and a parish centre, which functions as the outreach project arm of the Order of Saint Augustine. The project was driven by the questions of adapting a set of existing buildings in a city-centre site to offer worship, and a creative space where the church and wider community can seek common ground, spiritually, culturally and socially. It has also sought to re-address the edges of a tough bounded site with little public realm.

The church’s refurbishment will create a lighter interior, removing accretions such as a timber ceiling and Perspex windows-covers. A new sacristy and connections around the apse has been carefully added to the rear of the church. The church is discreetly linked to the original priory, refurbished to provide ancillary accommodation, while externally paving, planting, street lighting and a new garden will transform the elevation to Talgarth Road and create a landscaped piazza in front of the new building.

Augustinian Centre by Roz Barr Architects

Augustinian Centre by Roz Barr Architects

Source: Andrew Putler

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