Marlow Methodist Church
HELPING THE CHURCH MAKE BETTER USE OF SPACE
HNB are proficient when it comes to church works. This project was all about use of space. The church wanted to add an extension to their coffee shop that was in keeping with the original features of the building. They also wanted to utilise the existing space so that their different groups could run activities simultaneously and avoid spilling over into the hall.
BENEFITS FOR THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
In addition to the work at the front of the church, to extend the cafe we also added an extension to the back of the church, which again tied in with both the original building and the later 1960s extension. To ensure that this would be a functional and welcoming space for the congregation and the community we updated the facilities including new unisex and accessible toilets, as well as a brand-new commercial kitchen.
Inside the church itself, we did some light touch repair work while we were there.
SAVING THE CHURCH BUDGET WITH EARLY ENGAGEMENT
Anthony Nicholls, Director at HNB Construction Services Ltd, commented “This 30-week programme was designed to limit the amount of time the church had to be closed to parishioners. The nature of the work meant we needed to ensure there are clear exit points for church visitors and we did our very best to limit disruption.
“Luckily, we were engaged early in the project by the church, so we were able to support them in value engineering (saving money) from the early stages. We worked closely with the church representatives, the Methodist Church UK and Kelvin Sampson, Director at Leap Architects, to refine the design and bring the costs of the project in line with the available budget.”