St John's Church, Egham
The existing church is a fine example of Georgian Architecture and is included on the Statutory List as Grade II*. The church has a vibrant and expanding congregation, which meant that the original detached church centre was no longer large enough to cope with the demands being placed upon it and it did not comply with current requirements for accessibility.
The new Church & Community Centre designed by CPL Architects provides a spacious two storey facility, lightly linked to the existing church with a double height structural glass atrium, exploiting the site levels to allow the new church centre to be visually subservient to the existing Georgian building. The new church centre is built with large areas of natural facing stonework and glazed curtain walling, providing high levels of daylight internally and extensive views into the parkland setting. The new accommodation provided includes a large ground floor children's centre with associated facilities, offices and meeting rooms, with fellowship and seminar spaces at first floor level, with commercial kitchen and associated facilities. Flexibly planned sliding/folding acoustic walls enable the whole ground and first floor spaces to be opened up for large functions and special events.
Generous Part M compliant staircases and lift within the double height structural glass atrium provide access to all levels.