The United Reformed Church in South Leeds

Architect : Calls Architecture Ltd Completion date : Jan 2011
Size : 500 to 999 sqm Contract value : £0.5m - £4.99m
Commercial experience : Religious Buildings, Landscaping, Culture & Entertainment
Services : Architects' Service & Fee Advice, Planning Advice, Feasibility Studies, Graphic Design & Illustration, Interior Design

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About this project

A new centre for the United Reformed Church in a residential area of South Leeds. The building is on the site of a former church, and has been designed to provide a welcoming and accessible new community facility. The triangulated brick spire terminates a vista across the Belle Isle estate, and marks the church as a social centre of the community. The low energy design incorporates super-insulated wide cavity wall construction in brick and lime render, whist the interior is designed around a simple palette of timber, natural light and brickwork. From the street, the entrance leads to a double height foyer space that forms the heart of the building and a social focus for the centre. The foyer includes an open tea bar, with seating areas and gathering spaces. A folding glazed screen allows the space to open up for larger events or to close to form a meeting room, with access to the gardens beyond. The large multi-purpose hall accommodates a rich mixture of community activities, as well as providing a space of light, warmth and character for worship. Outside, the roof canopy shelters a glazed breakout space adjacent the entrance garden.

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