Contemporary Refurbishment and Extension of St Andrews Church

Adam Knibb Architects were approached by the parishioners of St Andrews Church, Oxshott for a three staged approach in the refurbishment and extension of the church. 

Initially, the proposal includes a contemporary refurbishment of the church exterior and enhancement of the public realm. Phase one of the design incorporates the addition of a new public terrace. Accessed via a step and ramp approach, the monolithic base and large apertures blur the boundaries between the internal spaces of the vestibule and hall with the external public realm. 

It is envisaged to clad the earlier extensions in Corten steel. The Corten can be carved and have text transposed on to its surface to provide a connection with the church and its surroundings. Allowed to rust over time, the warm hues of the rusted steel will create a visual distinction between the new and the old. The vertical cladding looks to mimic the surrounding trees, referencing the verticality of the church interior and the soft nature of the site and its topography.

The second phase of the design approach is to refurbish the existing extensions of the church, providing better links between the pre-school, hall and church whilst providing flexible spaces, naturally lit from above.

The final phase of the design is to accommodate new educational and office spaces in a purpose built contemporary extension.

Project details

StatusFeasibility Stage
Type Of ProjectCommercial
Contract value£1M

 Oxshott, Surrey

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