St Peter's Church, Pilning

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Client
St Peter’s Church
Local Authority
South Gloucestershire Council
Status
Completed
Constraints
Listed Building, DAC Approval

Reordering of a village church to make it a welcoming, comfortable and flexible space for the congregation and wider community.

Built in 1855, the Church of St Peter is a simple but striking building and a key landmark in the village of Pilning, close to Severn Beach and Bristol. Though well loved, the church was in need of some repair and also finding a way to make it comfortable and accessible all year round and for all visitors.With poor heating, no level access and fixed pews it was difficult to use for the wider range of functions the church wanted to embrace in the 21st Century.

Fit Architects worked over several years with the church and congregation to find cost-effective ways to improve the existing building and make it suitable for the current day. This involved a detailed study of the existing building fabric and working closely with technical specialists looking at ways of adding new services including heating, lighting and an unobtrusive audio-visual system.

The existing uneven floor and pews were replaced to create a flexible space, suitable for a wide range of church and community uses. The existing open porch to the west entrance has a new timber and glass external door added, forming a small lobby and allowing the church interior to be visible on approach in all weathers, welcoming people to the activities within.

Reordering of a village church to make it a welcoming, comfortable and flexible space for the congregation and wider community.

Client
St Peter’s Church
Local Authority
South Gloucestershire Council
Status
Completed
Constraints
Listed Building, DAC Approval

Built in 1855, the Church of St Peter is a simple but striking building and a key landmark in the village of Pilning, close to Severn Beach and Bristol. Though well loved, the church was in need of some repair and also finding a way to make it comfortable and accessible all year round and for all visitors.With poor heating, no level access and fixed pews it was difficult to use for the wider range of functions the church wanted to embrace in the 21st Century.

Fit Architects worked over several years with the church and congregation to find cost-effective ways to improve the existing building and make it suitable for the current day. This involved a detailed study of the existing building fabric and working closely with technical specialists looking at ways of adding new services including heating, lighting and an unobtrusive audio-visual system.

The existing uneven floor and pews were replaced to create a flexible space, suitable for a wide range of church and community uses. The existing open porch to the west entrance has a new timber and glass external door added, forming a small lobby and allowing the church interior to be visible on approach in all weathers, welcoming people to the activities within.

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