Westbourne Park Baptist Church

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A Baptist church was established on this site in 1875 but was damaged beyond repair during the Second World War. The replacement church, erected in the 1960's, had become outdated, was poorly configured and expensive to maintain and was considered to have a negative impact on the Westbourne Conservation Area. This community-led project provides a new building with a mix of functions: new accommodation for the church, the family centre, and Paddington Children's Library; a community hall and thirty-two apartments of intermediate affordable housing.

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The building's massing steps down to mediate with the smaller-scale residential character of the historic Westbourne Park Villas

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Context

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The building's appearance reflects its multi-use character whilst also addressing its sensitive heritage and residential context

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A 'campanile' provides a focal point announcing the presence of the church

Sanctuary

church reception

residential

meeting space

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Section

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Within the church, the primary place of worship, called the Sanctuary, has been placed at lower ground level to create a double height space naturally lit by clerestories

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The apartments are designed as an open-plan layout with generous window openings that offer direct daylight

City
London W2
Uses
Culture, Housing
Client
Dolphin Living and Westbourne Park Baptist Church
Status
Completed
Size
4,364 sqm
Units
32
Collaborators
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Structure: Price and Myers

Services: Hoare Lea

Quantity surveyor: Quantem Consulting

Project manager: aarrkk

Transport: Iceni Projects

Photography: James Newton