This scheme for the Canterbury Baptist Church included a new entrance façade to provide a light open glazed entrance hall with level access to the street so that it presents a welcoming approach to the building.
A key requirement of the project was to ensure that the entrance hall was large enough to allow for socialising before and after services or other events held by the Church throughout the week.
In addition to this main work at the front of the church, extensive refurbishment was carried out to both the main worship hall and the lower halls. This included a complete new kitchen facility, toilets at both levels, a new dedicated fire escape staircase to the rear of the church and new meeting rooms on three levels. The interior of the whole church was modernised to provide a bright and welcoming space.
The original timber pews and gallery were removed to allow the worship hall to be far more flexible outside of the traditional arrangement for a Sunday service. This was a important for the Baptist Church as they can now open this space up for far more community involvement, including work with the local colleges and university.