£10m scheme under consideration

Thursday 23 May 2013

London church and supporting residences for congregation submitted for planning

Matthew Lloyd Architects’ scheme for a new church building and 47 new residential units on the Frampton Park Estate in Hackney, London has been submitted for planning permission. The practice was appointed by Frampton Park Baptist Church in partnership with Telford Homes.

Situated on Frampton Park Road, the existing 1950s church building is in poor condition and inadequate to the needs of its thriving congregation, whose many community activities and services are currently scattered across the estate. In addition to alleviating Hackney’s housing shortage, the residential element also finances the church and community facilities.

The £10m scheme, ranging from 3-8 storeys in scale, mitigates the uniform, anonymous nature of the estate. The residential element forms a south-facing courtyard, with the proposed elevations expressed in tall blocks no more than 2 apartments wide. Glazed staircases, lit at night, allow views through from the street to the courtyard beyond.

At 3 storeys, the proposed church building sustains the domestic scale that contributes to the church’s welcoming feeling. Alongside this, the church tower rises to 6 storeys, signifying the church’s importance within the community. Its proportions are reflected in the 6-storey residential block on the opposite corner of the site. Materials, details, and treatment of entrances and windows draw on the context of the existing buildings to create a rich architectural language.

Matthew Lloyd said: “This is a very exciting scheme which serves the local community, increases local housing stock, and genuinely improves a 1950s estate. Opportunities to design new church buildings don’t come along all that often; we are delighted to be able to design one for this outstanding congregation, and very pleased to have brought them together with Telford Homes.”

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