About The Project
Crossway Church was part of the Heygate Estate, a large housing estate located in Southwark, south London. The project to replace it was triggered by the large scale regeneration of the area. In June 2013 we were approached by Mott MacDonald Limited, on behalf of Southwark Council, to investigate the feasibility of relocating the church premises to the site of the Castle Daycentre, adjacent to the Strata Tower.
This challenging site, sandwiched between a large housing block and a railway viaduct, combined with the desired multi-functional use and flexible spaces, presented us with a rather complex brief, which we responded to with a clear set of solutions. The briefing and design development process was led by vHH, working closely with the Minister and involving the other congregations, making sure that the design was satisfactory for the perspective of the URC.
We have organised the building with the main worship area to the north, with a clear linear route from the entrance giving access to all the facilities at both levels. The church office at reception provides and immediate welcome and supervises the entrance and the two stairs allow the building to be zoned for different uses throughout the day.
Architect And Lead Consultant