Allen Associates has designed and completed the extension and reordering project for Holy Trinity Church, Hazlemere. The Neo-Romanesque church building and worship space was reordered to support modern and traditional music styles, and accessible audio visual tech. We created a modern welcoming entrance area, coffee shop, lounge and offices in the extension.
There was strong planning and heritage support for the principle of extending the building in a modern manner. But, for the diocesan heritage authority the details of how this could be done remained a difficult issue. We explored several options to provide the space that the church and community needed. while following the agreed heritage principles. We designed the scheme around two aspects to enable the robust existing architecture to be seen in the context of the modern building. Firstly, to have a glass filled gap between the extension and the original church. So that the two appeared not to touch. Secondly, to make the entrance to the building transparent. So that the modern extension did not obscure the original building.
The existing cramped offices were knocked down. Then the new extension, The Trinity Centre, built a Lounge, Atrium Café and multipurpose rooms. We redesigned the former entrance into new offices for church staff.
The café is an ideal space for people of all ages to enjoy the locally roasted coffee and home-made food. We designed this to provide the chance for the diners to connect with others. To do this, we brought our hospitality expertise to play on the this church reordering project. Adjacent to the café is the lounge, a calmer space with rooms for offices, counselling and smaller meetings.
Finally, the area between the building and the road has been completely re-landscaped to include a large terrace area.
Now the church can provide improved facilities for its community. Local groups are now able to use the spaces. With the church better able serve the people of Hazlemere.