Bringing a new church to the heart of this growing town
The Diocese had recognised that the Christian presence within Telford was extremely low, despite its population. The Diocese identified that a church tailored to families, located within the centre of the community, was crucial to address this. This was of particular importance for the Diocese’s long term vision, as the population of Telford is predicted to increase significantly, especially the young family demographic. The Minster is also an important part of Telford’s future and is a key component of the town’s goal to achieve city status.
The Diocese had aspirations of creating a 300 person venue, and managed to find a large empty unit within the central shopping complex. As it is a new church, we had to start design work prior to a congregation forming. Building on our experience with Gas Street Church, we worked with the small Telford Minster team to develop a layout that would meet their vision and offer the flexibility to adapt once a congregation was in place.
Also similar to Gas Street Church, the existing space has design challenges as it was not originally designed to be a church. The constraints of its first floor location on a tight site make it a complex space to adapt to ensure it is a safe and welcoming space, which is especially important to Telford Minster’s ethos of being open to all.
The Telford Minster team have had a clear vision from the outset on the type of space and atmosphere that they wish to create at the church. Their desire to step away from the traditional church aesthetic and approach to worship has shaped our designs. The proposed church interior retains the building’s industrial feel. Timber acoustic batons will be used to aid the internal acoustics as well as bring warmth to the spaces.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the project has progressed as planned and we are now poised to commence work on site. We can’t wait to see the designs come to life.