Brighton Road Baptist Church with a congregation of 250 had been considering various options to solve the fact that its three 1920’s buildings and ageing facilities were no longer meeting its needs or vision for the future. The new building has now replaced the Worship Sanctuary (Church building), the Sunday-School building, and the Church Hall building.
The design has access to a single building from both Brighton Road and New Street, with a major pedestrian connection route from one road to the other. From this route (Internal Street), all major spaces can be easily accessed, in keeping with the DDA regulations. This new facility, with accommodation over two floors, amalgamates the three existing buildings into one; housing a sports hall, recording room, meeting rooms, kitchen and a crèche with its own secure out-door play area.
On entering the building from the car park (New Street) entrance, you pass through the lobby to the Prayer Chapel; this gives the members the option of having small mid-week services without the need to use the large spaces. Adjacent is the Hall which doubles as a conference room or wedding reception space, and next to that is the kitchen. If entering from the main road (Brighton Road) you walk down the internal street to reach the worship Sanctuary’s double doors on the right. The Sanctuary with its curved timber ceiling is the main feature of the building and its theatre / auditorium design lends itself to be used for performances like ballet or drama as the size of the modular stage can be adjusted to suit various events.