OA have successfully completed a £1m refurbishment and extension to St Patricks Church in Bristol on behalf of The Clifton Diocese and in collaboration with KP Wilton & Son Ltd. Due to the Churchs popularity in the local area the congregation has rapidly grown in the last few years. This promted the need to extend the existing church facilities.
The two new extensions provide additional floor area to the church and presbytery whilst also radically changing the entrance sequence to the church to create more of a journey into the building that celebrates the colourful nature of the existing church artwork. The addition of a new tower highlights the entrance to the church as well as becoming a softly glowing beacon at night. The front entrance is now a large glazed wall, covered with colourful manifestation that creates an ever changing pattern of light and colour within the new Narthex. The addition of large sections of roof glazing in both extensions brings natural light deep into the plan, creating a light and airy internal environment.
The extensions have been designed to complement the existing church whilst remaining subservient to the existing church massing and the hierarchy off its spaces. The new extensions are more contemporary in regards to materials and details but still sit harmoniously next to the original building fabric. The finished scheme has been very well received by the Church and its many parishioners.