West End Methodist Church
West End Methodist Church as recently formed by amalgamating smaller congregations from the surrounding areas. This gave rise to the need for a more central location for a place of worship and community hub. We offered our services to review several potential property sites to aid the church in finding their ideal location.
The London Road site was formally a public house situated close to Stoke on Trent city centre, in a bustling residential area. Our remit was to convert the building into a place of worship and provide community facilities, including a community café, function rooms, minister’s office, and quiet room.
Alterations to the rear elevation included large windows and a vaulted ceiling with roof lights, resulting in a light, spacious and welcoming worship area. A far cry from the dismal atmosphere that the church’s former 1960’s buildings instilled.
A degree of on-site car parking was required for staff and for members of the congregation that were not able to walk to the building. We designed a compact but functional car park and upgraded the paving to the perimeter of the building to facilitate disabled access, hence forming a fully inclusive community facility.
“We were thrilled with the care, painstaking attention to detail and helpfulness of Tarpey Woodfine Architects.” “The building is a significant achievement, and a flagship project for The Methodist Church in the UK, due in no small part to the architects listening carefully to the clients and translating our hopes into such a great vision.” Rev. Nichola Jones, Minister and Chair.