COMMUNITY PROJECTS

St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Basingstoke

An extension to the listed church to provide a new multi-purpose hall for meetings, amateur dramatic productions, and Sunday school workshops etc.

The Architects, having successfully obtained planning permission to extend the old church at Worting with a new multi-purpose hall for meetings, church events, and Sunday school workshops, are now in the process of overseeing its construction.

The Architects overcame many difficult issues in obtaining planning. The sensitive nature of extending the 19th century church over graves of at least 100 years old, added to the complexity of the project.  Therefore, the Hall is built on concrete piles positioned by infrared survey to carefully avoid the graves. Approvals from some five different organisations were obtained before planning permission was granted.

The new Hall uses traditional materials in a fresh new way. The building is clad in rough-hewn oak shingles similar to those on the broach spire of the church, and flint is used on the base course of the walls.  This is all set against contemporary glazed frameless windows and structural glass walls. The entrance porch and the link to the church are all in frameless glass construction, including the roof. The glass roof over the link is supported on glass beams spanning onto the old church wall.

Construction was completed in April 2010.

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