Work is progressing well on Grainge Architects new church hall, function rooms & offices at The Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Newquay, Cornwall. Planning permission was gained earlier this year to replace the existing presbytery with a scheme developed in close collaboration with the church group. The design concept links the existing church & the new church hall via a cloistered courtyard, which gives a monastic feel, appropriate to this group of ecclesiastical buildings.
The sustainable building uses traditional heavy-weight construction to form a thermally massive structure. Open vaulted spaces are achieved with timber laminated roof trusses. Thorverton Stone is used to form the pointed stonework arches which replicate the detail of original chapel. Grainge Architects & Hindsite Construction used value-engineering following the tender process to reduce the original tender sum by approximately 25% ensuring the project could be delivered within the client’s budget. The savings were achieved without a reduction in floor area & in our opinion without losing the essence of the design. The project is scheduled for completion in early August; we will then post further photographs. We have really enjoyed working with Father Mark O’Keeffe, his enthusiastic team and the Diocese of Plymouth on the project.