St Johns Church Hall

Client:  St John's Church

Location: Broadbridge Heath, Sussex

The original hall built in the 1960's was in desperate need of replacement.  A modern, energy efficient facility that would serve the various needs of the community was required, which also had to be sympathetic to the main church design.

Church members funded the project through their own efforts and their appointed architect proposed a two storey steel framed building linked to the main church.  However costs then escalated by over 30%.  A more modest scheme was substituted and a committee of suitably qualified church members was formed and six companies were invited to tender. 

Pinelog's own architects proposed a square structure with all functions surrounding a central main hall, a glazed lantern feature echoing the design of the main church.  After a rigorous selection process, the contract was awarded to Pinelog and the plans were approved by the local authority.

The form of the new timber frame building is square with a high vaulted grey concrete tiled roof, which rises to a glazed lantern apex.  The back and side walls are faced externally with red brick, whilst the front features a large glazed dormer entrance and four full height windows which create a distinctive sight to those who pass on the main road.

The exposed high vaulted ceiling is constructed from glulam beams and trusses which give a light airy, open feel in the communal areas.  The hall is a flexible area for concerts, meetings, mother and toddler groups, keep fit sessions etc and can accommodate up to 100 conference style.  There are three meeting rooms, a kitchen, toilets and an office.  The building has been designed to be sustainable environmentally, socially and financially.  A business plan for the hall will mean that the income it generates through room hires will hopefully give it financial independence.



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