Westbourne Park Baptist Church

  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © James Newton
  • © Dolphin Living
  • © Dolphin Living

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Highly Commended

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Kensington & Chelsea

Information about this scheme

Commissioned by Westbourne Park Baptist Church and Dolphin Living, the new building replaces a previous Baptist church which was outdated, poorly configured, lacked disabled access and expensive to maintain. Located at the junction of Westbourne Park Road and Porchester Road, the new hybrid building provides a mix of uses including new accommodation for the church, a family centre, Paddington Children's Library, a community hall and thirty-two affordable apartments. As the church had insufficient capital to fund a new building, it formed a partnership with Dolphin Living, a charitable organisation who develop high quality and environmentally sustainable, affordable, much needed housing for people who live and work in central London. This hybrid combination is an inventive typology, offering a model for high density redevelopment of a small urban site and has helped to secure the future of a small but thriving multicultural church community. Within the church, the primary place of worship, called the Sanctuary, has been designed to accommodate its congregation of 300 and is placed at lower ground level to create double height space naturally by clerestories on two sides. The community hall is located at the same level to allow for interconnectivity of worship and communal spaces. Above the hall, the Children's Library is placed at the back of the building nestled amongst the quiet calm of the neighbouring verdant residential gardens. The thirty-two apartments have their own designated entrance, on Porchester Road, and provide a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed contemporary living spaces. The apartments are designed as an open-plan layout with generous window openings that offer direct, daylit views and Juliet balconies allowing residents to fully open their windows. The building's appearance reflects its multi-use character, while also addressing its sensitive heritage and residential context. The modelling of the northeastern corner of the building is evocative of a 'campanile', providing a focal point on the corner of Porchester Road and Westbourne Park Road to announce the presence of the church to the wider community. The ground floor glazing provides views of the church's interior spaces. The building's overall massing mediates between the taller mixed-use buildings of Porchester Road and the smaller-scale residential character of the historic Westbourne Park Villas. A consistent and restrained palette of slim cream brick, steel, aluminium and glass sit harmoniously with the stucco of the villas.

Credits

Architect

Allies and Morrison

Client

Dolphin Square Foundation with Westbourne Park Baptist Church

Structural Engineer

Price and Myers

Services Engineer

Hoare Lea

Quantity Surveyor

Quantem Consulting

Project Manager

aarrkk

Primary Use Class

Class D1h - Public Worship