BAPTIST CHURCH

Westbourne Park, London

Commissioned by Westbourne Park Baptist Church and Dolphin Square Foundation the project will provide new accommodation for the church, the family centre, Paddington Children’s Library, a community hall and thirty-two apartments.

The Baptist church was established on the site in 1875 but was damaged beyond repair during WWII and was rebuilt in its current form in the early 1960’s. The building is now outdated and poorly configured and expensive to maintain.

Within the church the primary place of worship, called the Sanctuary has been designed to accommodate a congregation of 300 and is placed at lower ground level to create a double height space naturally lit by clerestories on two sides. The new community hall is located at the same level to allow for interconnectivity of worship and communal spaces. Above the hall the Children’s Library is placed at the back of the site nestling amongst the quiet calm of the neighbouring verdant residential gardens. The apartments have their own designated entrance on Porchester Road and provide a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed contemporary living spaces.

The proposed new building will perform an important townscape role, mediating between taller mixed-use buildings on Porchester Road and the smaller scale residential character of Westbourne Park Villas and Westbourne Park Road.

 

Bob Allies, Miles Leigh, Lia Silva, Edith Wunsch

Team

Client
Dolphin Square Foundation
Joint-venture partner
Westbourne Park Baptist Church
Architect
Allies and Morrison
Planning advisor
Savills
Quantity surveyor
Quantem Consulting
Rights of light surveyor
Point 2 Surveyors
Structural engineer
Price and Myers
Services engineer
Hoare Lea
Fire consultant
Hoare Lea
Transport consultant
Iceni Projects
CDM coordinator
DBK
Arboriculturist
Landmark Trees
Imaging consultant
Miller Hare
Townscape consultant
Peter Stewart Consultancy

Data

Area
4,364sqm
Residential Units
32
Location
Westbourne Park Baptist Church
Porchester Road
London, W2