The challenging site, combined with the desired multi-functional use and flexible spaces, presented us with a complex brief. The long narrow site was achieved by demolishing a redundant day care centre, and was physically hemmed in by the main Thameslink railway viaduct, the 43 storey Strata Tower and a 7 storey residential slab block, with access only possible from the narrow southern end.
The priority for the Minister, Rev’d Pete Stevenson, was continuing the mission of Crossway to benefit the local community, which is made up of an incredibly diverse matrix of people, from all around the world. The brief focussed on creating a welcoming building to serve many congregations and community groups, with a high degree of flexibility, generous circulation and social areas. These are supported by a well-equipped kitchen & WCs/showers that could support the Church’s rough sleeper project.
The new building is designed and arranged to enable smaller congregations to get started and ‘seeds’ the future worshipping communities from all over London
REV’D PETER STEVENSON / CROSSWAY CHURCH