Creative Church Project, St Mary’s Walthamstow

This project is the re-ordering of the Grade II* St Mary’s Church and a contemporary timber extension project for greater community engagement supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). The aims of the project are: to secure the long-term future of the valuable Grade II* historic Church fabric; increase and improve the community space on offer; provide better flexibility; accommodate a range of arts and performance uses in an accessible setting and increase the presence of the Parish Office and Church. In addition, the scheme proposes to re-landscape the church forecourt which is currently a private car park and create a ‘pocket park’ in an area of church yard to the south of the church. Working with a number of highly engaged stakeholders we have taken the design approach to conserve and adapt the church with minimal intervention to the historic fabric to support the proposed changes of use. The new extension is a lightweight exoskeleton structural timber frame, a natural building material, on a reinforced concrete slab supported on helical piled foundations to minimise disruption to burials and tree roots in the ground.

St Mary’s Walthamstow : Matthew Lloyd Architects : £3m
Visualisation : Forbes Massie