Realising the vision, phase by phase

Dave HallByDave Hall

Realising the vision, phase by phase

A significant endeavour with a Christian heart at its centre – that was the vision put before CPL Architects for an ambitious project in Stoke Gifford. 

Members of St Michael’s, a growing Anglican church on the northern edge of Bristol, achieved their ambitious plans by phasing the construction into manageable elements, to suit funds raised.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Welby, dedicated the building shell in 2014 and by May 2015 the first phase was opened. The internal fit-out elements were completed in a series of phases to suit available funding. 

The energy-efficient design, constructed on the footprint of a dilapidated former Victorian farm, includes a double-height entrance foyer, reception point and church office, toilet and shower facilities, contemporary triple-height auditorium with passive ventilation, LED lighting, flexible seating at ground floor level, tiered balcony with AV facilities, baptistry integrated within the dais, seminar suite, creche, meeting rooms, commercial kitchen and a suite of offices! 

‘If you have an ambitious vision for a significant church and community project and would like to discuss how phasing can be a viable solution, please see us on our stand at CRE South West,’ said CPL Architects’ Philip Winch.

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