Interior of the new Lady Chapel
The exterior of the extension
St Paul's, West Hackney is a relatively modern church dating to 1960, built to replace an earlier church which was bombed in the Second World War. To meet the growing needs of its community an extension has been built along the south side of the church. This provides office space and a volunteer hub, as well as a new Lady Chapel forming a space for quiet reflection.
In order to accommodate the extension a new boiler room was constructed, giving the opportunity to install new high efficiency gas condensing boilers serving the whole site, including the existing church. The existing church heating system was connected to the new boilers via plate heat exchangers and the zoning rationalised. Underfloor heating was provided to the new areas.
Electrically new distribution boards where provided to the extension, with the expected small power and lighting installation. New lighting was also provided to existing community rooms and induction loops added to new and existing community spaces.
The scheme was nominated for a RICS Community Benefit Award in 2018.