About the project

Following a feasibility study in 2010, 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.

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Tollgate Estates
Stanbridge Earls
SO51 0HE

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Sherwood House
8 Upper High Street
SO23 8UT

01962 820 255


1-3 Lyon Street,
SO14 0LD

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