St. Michaels And All Angels Cloister

Hugh Cullum Architects, London, 2011


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St Michaels and All Angels cloister 

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  • St Michaels and All Angels cloister    
  • The space serves an extension of community centre    
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A cloister courtyard for St Michaels and All Angels providing a common entrance and setting for the Grade II listed church and the new community hall

Hugh Cullum's long involvement with the church began in 1998 with a successful limited competition entry for a community hall. The redevelopment stemmed from the church's wish to open itself to the surrounding community and included creating flexible spaces for community use and the detailed consideration of disabled access needs long before the introduction of legislation.

The architect’s suggestion for a cloister courtyard was to provide a public but contemplative space as a counterpart to the hall. The courtyard is designed to provide a common entrance and setting for the Grade II listed church and the new community centre, completed by the practice in 2006. The design compliments the qualities of the existing building in a carefully considered contemporary manner. The same materials as the Church - pressed clay bricks, Portland Stone and terracotta - help establish the continuity of the new buildings with the old but are used in an inventive way as exemplified by the bespoke terracotta tile freize, designed by Hugh Cullum, which surrounds the courtyard.

The successful completion of the project is in large part due to the dedication and tireless efforts of the church and the careful craftsmanship of the contractor, David Lightfoot Design. Over the long gestation period Hugh Cullum has become the Quinquennial Inspecting Architect and is now involved in all aspects of the church's ongoing refurbishment and improvements. It is an example of 'slow' architecture in the best sense of the word!


  • Begun: Apr 2011
  • Completed: Nov 2011
  • Floor area: 200m2
  • Sector: Public realm
  • Total cost: £246,342
  • Funding: Grants + Donations
  • Tender date: Nov 2009
  • Procurement: Informal
  • Address: St Michaels and All Angels Community Centre, Elm Bank Gardens, London, SW13 0NX, United Kingdom

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