Ealing Green Methodist Church
Floor Area (GIA)
E&M West LLP
E&M West LLP
In November 2014, Potter & Holmes embarked on a year long renovation project of the Victorian built Ealing Green Methodist Church. The church committee wanted to extend their mission beyond their congregation and open the church up to the wider community. The focus of the work was therefore to create not only an uplifting and inspiring place of worship, but a space that functioned as a meeting place for a wide variety of community groups, from Alcoholics Anonymous to Ballet classes.
What we did:
Our priority was to firstly reconfigure the church to create a much more natural flow around the building. We added a sympathetic rear extension to provide a much needed welcoming area where people can meet and socialise. And now for the first time, the church has adequate space to offer a Night Shelter for the homeless.
We also completely renovated the interior of the main church space to create a truly functional, flexible area. We opened up the church and this, combined with intelligently used specialist lighting, now creates a soaring sense of height and space.
Externally, we landscaped the front gardens, giving people from the community somewhere to come and relax. A ramp through the gardens up to the entrance gives easy access for all to the church
The final alteration was to reinstate the magnificent gothic style arched doorway. By doing this we created an entrance befitting of a social place of worship that sits right at the heart of its community.
Commendation Award - Ealing Civic Society for Ealing Green Refurbishment and Front Landscaping
Winner of 2017 RICS Awards for Community Benefit (view press release here - 1.1MB PDF)