Little St.Mary's Parish Centre

Cowper Griffith Architects, Cambridge, 2011

 

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Multi purpose Parish Room extension for meetings, talks & small acts of worship

In December 2006, Cowper Griffith Architects won a competition to extend the Parish Rooms at Little St.Mary’s Church in Cambridge, a Grade II* city centre church set in a designated city wildlife site.

The extension was to provide a multi purpose space that could be used for small acts of worship and educational events for all ages. It was important that the form of the building should preserve the maximum view of the adjacent College façade. It should be a clear statement of today and not a copy of the past. New materials should blend in with existing.

The building was designed to be ‘lightweight’ to avoid deep foundations that would impact below ground archaeology. An apsidal plan form for a timber-framed structure with horizontal oak boarding was proposed.

The oak will weather to a pale grey in harmony with the existing adjacent Barnack rubble facework. Grey zinc for the roof was selected for its flexibility, durability and close match to the existing lead. Full height glazed screens give a visual break between the existing and new building with views out towards a mass dial & 12th century stonework.

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  • Begun: Aug 2010
  • Completed: Apr 2011
  • Floor area: 41m2
  • Sector: Religious
  • Total cost: £150,000
  • Funding: Private & public donations
  • Tender date: Jul 2010
  • Procurement: JCT Standard Form of Contract
  • Address: Little St.Mary's Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QG, United Kingdom

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