About the project
Following an earlier feasibility study for the URC, Studio Four were commissioned to progress the design for alterations and improvements throughout this large, traditional church in Portsmouth. This included:
- forming a café in an enlarged entrance foyer, incorporating new glazed entrance doors and a glazed screen onto the sanctuary beyond. New toilets and a commercial kitchen were formed on either side, with the re-use of historic elements of the former interior as design features;
- The re-ordering the main worship space with the removal of pews, the levelling of the floor and a comprehensive new a/v system;
- the installation of a mezzanine floor across the front of the café and sanctuary to provide additional accommodation at first floor level. This currently overlooks the worship space, but a future phase will construct a glazed screen to provide separation together with lift access.
The work has transformed a dated interior into a flexible and welcoming modern space which forms a crucial part of the church’s mission to serve the local community.