Edinburgh church battles on to push extension plan past planning
March 15 2021
New plans have been penned to alter and extend an Edinburgh church following refusal of an earlier application.
The Life Church at Davie Street, Dumbiedykes, had sought to build a new extension housing a cafe and activity space but ran into friction from planners who considered that the addition did not 'contribute positively towards a sense of place' and 'detrimental' to the neighbourhood.
Unbowed Aitken Turnbull Architects have returned with a plan b which takes account of feedback received to retain a 1980s extension with two further additions within the current boundary wall to provide an entrance lobby and a cafe/activity space.
Between them, these extensions will provide 277sq/m of additional floor space and employ a reduced materials palette of stone, glass and bronze.
Outlining the changes in a design and access statement Aitken Turnbull wrote: "The overall form in relation to the existing extension and the original listed church building is subservient and a smaller selection of materials enhances the relationship of the old and new built forms.
"Slim metal fins will balance the glazed portions of the building on the primary curved corner and on the upper level along the north boundary. A simple toned selection will allow the building form to be fully appreciated and sit as an accompaniment to the main listed church building."
An existing stairwell will be retained with the addition of lift access to improve accessibility.
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