West End Methodist Church
West End Methodist Church has 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.
Formally a public house, the site is situated on London Road, 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. Roof lights helped to provide a light, spacious and welcoming worship area. A far cry from the dismal atmosphere that the church’s former 1960’s buildings instilled.
The client required a degree of on-site car parking for staff and members of the congregation. We designed a compact but functional car park and upgraded the paving to the perimeter of the building. This was 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.