Reconfiguration of an Established Church

Client: Mickleover Methodist Church
Completed: 2001

Budget: £800,000 

Mickleover Methodist Church was well established, but housed in a collection of poorly maintained buildings. The buildings were on a single site and ranged in age from the original Victorian chapel to a 1970's hall, all linked by a poorly built flat roofed corridor.

Their original brief was to build a new, single roof over the existing interlinked buildings. Allan Joyce Architects undertook a feasibility study, which studied how the existing buildings were being used and the client’s brief. Following consultation with the client group, they favoured a more practical and cost effective solution, which involved demolishing and rebuilding all but the 1970’s hall at the rear. The new building contains a new worship area, small hall, nursery, kitchen and office accommodation, which are all linked to the old hall.

Such is the success of the new centre, due to its ability to offer modern, well appointed facilities, the church wished the site could have accommodated a bigger building to cope with the numerous bookings that are being made.