St Mary’s Church


Bearwood, Sandwell



RIBA Work Stage

1 Feasibility

The hall at St Mary’s Church in Bearwood is remembered as a lively place for dances, youth clubs, and music. However, a couple of years ago the Church found the bills were too high to keep the space running, and it has since lain empty. The Church were even questioning whether to demolish the hall.  APEC were approached to find another solution.


We undertook an options study to explore the potential of the space, and we reached out to the Bearwood community. We unearthed fond memories of the hall, and discovered a rich network of Bearwood social enterprises and grassroots organisations that want to bring the hall to life again.


If you would like to know more about the project, or would be interested in becoming a tenant, please get in touch: