The award-winning new build, St. John the Baptist Church in Burford, Oxfordshire undertook a bold new redevelopment project at the adjacent Grade II listed Warwick Hall to provide a modern community facility. A facility in which is dependent on their volunteers to maintain and run.
The brief was to adapt the listed building and extend it considerably to give an accessible and flexible facility for a wide range of end users.
The challenge was to deliver a new confident community facility within one of the most historically sensitive town and church building settings. The design ethos was to reaffirm the significance of the original range by removing later extensions and to then rebuild in a manner that respected this unique setting.
IQ Glass installed all of the glass to this listed building including structural glass roofs, frameless clerestory windows, and slim framed sliding glass doors, all designed for a minimal aesthetic to protect the integrity of the listed building design.
Warwick Hall community centre creates an ultimate indoor-outdoor community facility using slim framed sliding glass doors and frameless glass rooflights merging internal spaces with the outside across both levels, providing views of the Grade II* listed church. Using architectural glazing creates an illusion of additional space and adding an influx of daylight all year round that the internal rooms wouldn’t otherwise get.
Acanthus Clews Architects commented:
“Due to the narrow nature of the site and the lack of opportunities for windows a series of carefully located roof lights, clerestories and glazed links has been introduced. This ensures there is plenty of natural light but also provides opportunities for glimpses back to the existing church and enables users to orientate themselves at all times within the building.”
Comments from RIBA judges:
“Intelligent client commissioning has resulted in a vibrant and bold community facility, enabling wider engagement with a meaningful work of architecture.”