Fathom Architects

Christchurch Woking, Woking, Surrey

  • LocationWoking, Surrey
  • UseCultural
  • ClientChrist Church Woking Parochial Church Council
  • Size2,200sqm 24,000sqft
  • Date2018

Reconfiguration of a Grade II listed church complex to create a more welcoming and relevant facade in the heart of the fast-developing Woking town centre, by improving civic connections and defining a series of congregational and community uses.

Our design approach establishes a series of contemporary extensions to make clear distinctions between the various functions of the mission – including the church, a café, bookshop, youth centre and conference facility – while establishing a striking form which complements the listed red brick church.  Internally, a thorough audit of functions within the space has resulted in more legible routes through the building and flexible spaces which are simpler to manage and maintain.

Won following a three-stage design competition, the scheme is currently being developed through consultation with the church and its stakeholders, to be submitted for planning in 2018.

“We selected Fathom based on their fresh ideas and bold designs. They have understood our vision, blending modern design with the Heritage aspects of our building very well and have been able to gain the support of our stakeholders. They have grappled with the complexities of the project, bringing forward good, pragmatic solutions. They are a delight to work with.”

Steve Roberts PCC secretary, Christchurch Woking