Highly Commended: Downing Place URC

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Downing Place United Reformed Church

Best Building: Conservation, alteration, or extension (Projects over £2m construction cost)

In this category there is one winning scheme and two commendations.

Client – Downing Place United Reformed Church 

Main Contractor – Coulson Building Group Ltd

Architect – Archangel Architects

Structural Engineer, Party Wall Surveyor & CDM Advisor – Andrew Firebrace Partnership 

Quantity Surveyor – Bremner Partnership

M&E Engineer – David Bedwell & Partners

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Judges’ Comments

“The judges loved the ambitious, community-focused renewal of this Victorian non-conformist church. With a new stone entrance and windows facing the street, new catering and rentable office facilities, the church can now offer a genuinely warm welcome to everyone, including late at night to those in need of help. 

The original worship space has been given a new lease of life, and the creative transformation of one of two large church halls, creates more interconnected spaces by inserting new passages and a mezzanine level. Spaces now flow much more successfully. Though still heated by gas, interventions to reduce energy demand have been implemented.”