Ainsley Gommon Architects







Date Completed

On Site

Development Overview

A scheme for the conversion and refurbishment of the former St. Bernard’s Church to create eleven affordable homes within the conversion and five new build houses and flats is currently in the planning process. The scheme consists of a mix of three and four bedroom homes within the church conversion, two bed apartments and a three bedroom detached house.

HPBC is a revolutionary charity who combine self-build, volunteering and corporate philanthropy in a unique way. The home partners help to build the homes they will ultimately live in, working alongside volunteers from all over the world and using products, services and materials donated by some of the biggest corporate names.

The former church is a landmark in the local area and is one of the few surviving Victorian buildings left on the street. The gothic style church was designed by notable architects Pugin & Pugin in 1901. It is brick built with sandstone dressings. It has a complex and effective West front on Kingsley Road which will remain largely untouched in our proposals.

The homes within the conversion benefit from large floor to ceiling heights and original features such as the arch colonnades along the nave and stained glass windows to name but a few. The design has been carefully crafted to sympathetically work with the existing building. The design of the homes incorporates the principals of the Energy Efficient Refurbishment to Existing Building Good Practice Guide. The dwellings are designed to meet the criteria of Building Regulations and the site complies with the design principles of Secured by Design.