St Michael's Church Centre, Bristol
St Michael’s appointed us to help them to realise their ambitious vision for a Church Centre project in Stoke Gifford, which was to be at The Heart of the Community. St Michael’s are a lively, growing Anglican church on the northern edge of Bristol.
The vision was achieved by phasing the construction into manageable elements to suit funds as they were raised. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby dedicated the building shell in 2014 and by May, 2015 the first phase was opened. The balance of internal fit-out elements were then completed in a series of phases. The architectural design is executed in natural local Blue Lias rubble stone walling, with limestone detailing and natural slate roofs to suit the local vernacular style.
The energy efficient design, constructed on the footprint of a dilapidated former Victorian farm, includes a large, double height entrance foyer, reception point and church office, toilet and shower facilities, contemporary triple height auditorium with passive ventilation, LED lighting, flexible seating at ground floor level, tiered balcony with AV facilities, baptistry integrated within the dais, seminar suite, creche, meeting rooms, commercial kitchen and a suite of offices.