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April 9 2018

Airdrie church conversion brings 28 new homes
A C-listed disused church in Airdrie town centre is to be converted into 28 new homes following a decision to amalgamate its congregation with a neighbouring parish.

This move leaves a former church hall, offices and land at Broomknoll surplus to requirements, prompting Cairnlea Parish Church to repurpose the site for social housing following discussions with Clyde Valley Housing Association.

The John Russell Partnership have been brought on board to that end, proposing a split conversion and new build approach which will see the original church exterior remain largely unaltered, save for a new sandstone clad rear extension connected by aluminium curtain wall.

In a statement the architects wrote: “The church building features two memorial stained-glass windows in the west gable and these will be retained in situ . They will belocated in the glass stairwell link between the original building and the new flats to the west with glass screens to protect them from accidental damage.

“The larger new build element is more contemporary in design with external walls finished with facing brick in buff and anthracite, anthracite window frames, fascias and soffits, metal clad features and dark grey concrete roof tiles.”

8 Comments

Dom
#1 Posted by Dom on 9 Apr 2018 at 16:36 PM
"Hey guys, lets have a competition! Whoever can make the most boring render wins!"
Neil C
#2 Posted by Neil C on 9 Apr 2018 at 16:57 PM
The presence of a Citroen DS in the render suggests the designer (and their software) may still be stuck in the 1970s.
Sven
#3 Posted by Sven on 9 Apr 2018 at 17:53 PM
“The larger new build element is more contemporary in design "

Contemporary to 1990's council housing refurbishment design.
throwback
#4 Posted by throwback on 9 Apr 2018 at 18:35 PM
well spotted #2 Neil C - I think I played this level in Pitfall on the Atari back in '77..
boaby wan
#5 Posted by boaby wan on 9 Apr 2018 at 19:47 PM
"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness"
What a quote to have on your website then pump out this beauty!
HWD
#6 Posted by HWD on 10 Apr 2018 at 09:27 AM
I remember my first render...
RICO
#7 Posted by RICO on 10 Apr 2018 at 13:28 PM
Nice to see Father Merrin from the Exorcist turn up between the gate posts - design is definitely circa 1973
Drawing Hunter
#8 Posted by Drawing Hunter on 10 Apr 2018 at 17:21 PM
#7 Nico.....you've done it now mate.....'Requested URL cannot be found'

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