2005 - 2006
Clevedon Baptist Church
Whitby Bird, ECHarris Taunton
A new church for worship and community use in the centre of Clevedon.
Ferguson Mann Architects was commissioned to design a new building for Clevedon Baptist Church that could provide a range of worship spaces and other community uses in the vibrant town centre. The site sits within a Conservation Area so we took particular care to consider the building’s relationship to its surroundings and how it would address the main town square. We wanted the design to respond to the range of building styles in the vicinity, including the adjacent Victorian crescent of shops.
We also considered the impact of sunlight at various times of the day and the ways in which it can be captured within the building.
Arranged over three floors, the first-floor main auditorium seats 350 and is arranged in a fan shape, a glazed foyer/cafe and multi-purpose hall fronts the plaza at ground floor and a series of meeting rooms are provided across all floors. By allowing natural light into the building a sense of movement in the space is accentuated. The building has a curved form which mirrors that of the Victorian crescent and the building is accentuated with a glazed brick tower which is illuminated at night denoting the church’s presence.