St Mary's Church
Our design released the mediaeval church from the over-bearing Victorian nave and its chancel was restored as a Lady Chapel. This means people can enter the Church by its original door and pass through the familiar into the new.
A great coloured timber roof grows out of the mediaeval to provide the new, yet intimate, Church. 500 people are now able to gather around the altar on three sides, lit from the lantern above.
This award-winning design was developed through consultation with eleven official bodies and numerous, heated public meetings.
We did not allow the quality of the architecture to suffer during these discussions; rather they allowed us to improve it, to create a Church that has not only proved to be a practical place of worship, but also a joy to be in.
Much cherished, it is frequently used as a concert venue due to its remarkable acoustic properties.
In September 2015, as part of our 50 year anniversary celebrations, Ted Cullinan recalled the story of how we redesigned the Church.