RIBA Chartered Architect
CIAT Chartered Architectural Technologist
© Alan C Riley
Medical Centre and Church Extension . Community and Health
Land available to the side of the church formally housed a
pre-school nursery that had closed due to the physical state of the premises
that included a total rewire of the electrical supply. A nearby doctor’s
practice was seeking new premises and agreed to combine with another practice
to form a new large health centre. The purchase of the site would allow
the church to take down rather dated timber framed annexes to the rear and to
construct an extension to form a new hall, with kitchen, and offices. During
the design process an extension to the front of the church was included though
it was not intended to carry out this work until a later date and when further
funds become available.
The former nursery building has been demolished and somewhat complicated
sewer alterations carried out to free the maximum space for the new
centre. The medical centre is of two floors and will incorporate a new
pharmacy, space for the practice of alternative therapies and other healthcare
practices such as dentistry to provide a ‘one-stop’ healthcare centre.
Car parking will be shared between the buildings as each activity
primarily compliments the use of each other when they are open and closed.