St Patrick's Church

Castanon Associates, London, 2011

 

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Renovation and alteration of 19th-centuy Roman Catholic church in central London

The existing fabric of the church was restored and modernised, with classrooms, meeting rooms, toilets and a multi-purpose hall added to an extended basement.

The renovation allows daylight to enter through un-tinted windows, which is reflected by gold leaf used to identify the sanctuary and emphasise the cornice below the clerestory. Indirect lighting comes from cold cathode lamps hidden from view by the ledges that support them. In addition, conduit tucked behind vaulting ribs feeds lightweight bespoke suspended fittings for direct lighting accents.

Heat detectors are also concealed by sightlines and heating is buried in the floor screed below the marble floor that has replaced the 1920s green terrazzo.

At basement level, where the church provides a twice-weekly meal for homeless people, the new spaces provide connectivity between the existing accommodation at the east and west ends of the site.

Data

  • Begun: Apr 2010
  • Completed: Apr 2011
  • Floor area: 1,261m2
  • Sector: Religious
  • Total cost: £2.3M
  • Procurement: JCT Intermediate Rev 2 2009
  • Address: St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, London, W1D 4NR, United Kingdom

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