St Andrew’s Hall extension given go-ahead
April 16 2015revamped St James Centre.
Located off Little King Street the B-listed former church will be reworked at the hands of conservation specialists Purcell to accommodate a new café building adjoining the existing hall with office space above.
In their design statement Purcell noted: “The new café addition is designed to be a contemporary addition to St Andrew’s Hall which is subservient in scale and massing, yet bold in execution and elevation.
“The building is to be predominantly glazed to maintain a lightness in appearance in contrast to the robust masonry building behind. The glass walling allows a view to the existing building rubble south wall allowing it to remain legible behind the addition.
“The building responds to the existing building by aligning with its west elevation and referencing its vertical rhythm. This rhythm is adopted by the vertical bronze-finish fins and carried into the square on west and east elevations. The new retaining wall breaks down at its termination with Little King Street and here the vertical rhythm is carried through by vertical fins.”
Facing onto a new granite square with footpaths paved in ‘Scoutmoor’ Yorkstone and low kerbs to prioritise pedestrian use with the public entrance shifted to the bottom of the street to add interest.
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