Braemar Avenue Baptist Church, a Grade II listed building, previously sat alongside an unused and dilapidated tin tabernacle. So the church approached us to see how they could use the site better for the benefit of the whole community.

We’ve designed a new four storey building to sit on the site of the old tin tabernacle, including a new community space on the ground floor for both the church and the wider community – helping to bring everyone together. Above the community space sits 16 new apartments, including 1, 2 and 3 beds, providing much needed new housing for the area. One of these apartments will be gifted to the pastor. 

16 apartments

1 church

Green spaces

Coffee lounge

The new development tapers back from the street building line so as not to dominate the Grade II listed church building. The material palette is representative of the local vernacular, whilst also giving homage to the ‘tin-tabernacle’ – a derelict structure previously occupying the site.

A single-storey glazed link connects the existing church with the new building, whilst also creating a new welcoming entrance and coffee lounge.