Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Clacton on Sea, Essex.

Completion date: May 2010
Contract value: £350,000
Gross internal floor area: 380sq.m

This was a three phase, long term project by the church to create a community hub accommodating the expanding social activities of the church and uniting the successive periods of building. Clacton is a very deprived area and money for the church has been extremely tight. It was therefore imperative that the buildings produced gave as much value as possible. The first phase was the creation of a new large community hall which was designed as a self contained facility with its own kitchen, toilets etc. but with a view to creating a large triangular courtyard between two adjacent buildings. Phase two was the covering of this courtyard to create a large informal atrium space which will act as a hub unifying the adjacent buildings. The third phase consisted of upgrading the existing 1920s parts of the building accommodating the church toilets showers etc.