St James’s United Reformed Church Centre
Unitary Authority: Northumberland
Funding Body: United Reformed Church/private sector/grant giving bodies
Year of Intervention: 2008
Summary: Redevelopment of St James’s United Reformed Church in Alnwick, Northumberland, to provide affordable rural housing.
Alnwick is a small market town in North Northumberland, with a population of over 30,000. It is considered to be the most picturesque market town in Northumberland. The Victorian church hall is set within the grounds of the grade II listed St James Church and within the Alnwick Conservation Area.
The new centre opened in May 2008 and hosts a place of worship adapted for the needs of a 21st century congregation, with a large hall, a conference/meeting room and a fully equipped kitchen.
In addition, the project represents the successful use of an historic building to provide much-needed affordable rural housing in a sensitive historic context. The scheme maintains the distinctive local streetscape and the original features of the hall, including stained glass windows.Web Links:
For further details see Faith in Affordable Housing - a practical guide to using church land and property for affordable housing www.fiah.org.uk
Keywords: DESIGN IN CONTEXT; REGENERATION; RE-USE