The Cornerstone Project - Project Brief
Following a period of extensive consultation with premise users, community groups and the congregation the following project brief was submitted to Angus Design Associates
Newbattle Parish: Mayfield and Easthouses Brief for Architect
Mayfield and Easthouses Church was opened in 1955 and originally conceived as a hall church, with a separate hall opening some 10 years later. This part of the parish includes significant pockets of urban deprivation and has many of the social problems associated with post war housing developments and more recent relocation of families from other areas with social needs.
The vision for ministry sees the church returning to its’ original intended function as a multiuse building, but reconfigured into a community hub offering a cafe facility, soft play area and flexible accommodation suitable for a variety of purposes including Girls' Brigade, play and nursery groups, Messy Church and traditional church services. Central to the vision is the church as a place of hospitality and welcome at the heart of the community. It is anticipated that the cafe facility can be further developed to offer employment training, healthy eating courses etc. as well as a place where people can meet in a safe, comfortable environment where alcohol is not served.
- The development of Mayfield and Easthouses church building should be taken forward in a way that takes cognizance of the immediate surroundings and any plans for change which may be in place or in the pipeline.
- The design of the building should enhance the appearance of the area, be functional and welcoming.
- The design should minimise the costs of maintaining and running the building as far is reasonably practical.
Inside the Mayfield and Easthouses Church Building
- Flexible Worship space (combined with quiet room?)
- A quiet room that will be a place for private reflection, prayer meetings and worship.
- Comfortable cafe/lounge area (that can be extended to seat aprox 80 people) to provide teas and coffee with the kitchen able to provide simple home cooking. (No deep frying!) Kitchen facility should also have the space to facilitate cooking lessons.
- Built in soft play area to enable the church to be a venue for families with young children. Soft play area and equipment should be easy clean and able to cater for up to 25 children without specialist supervision/monitoring. i.e parent/guardian supervised.
- Hall space suitable for Girls’ Brigade, Men’s Fellowship group, Guild, Nursery Group etc as well as a Holiday Club of aprox 60 children and the required number of leaders
- Public toilet facilities containing purpose- built- baby- changing facilities accessible to female and male carers
- Storage available to regular hall users
- torage for cleaning equipment/materials/toilet rolls/hand towels
- Two offices including one suitable for use as a vestry
- Separate toilet facilities for ministry team/church volunteers
- Ability to project films & TV programmes and to connect AV equipment
- Meeting rooms that can be subdivided and used at the same time.
- Need to be able to heat areas separately
Outside the Mayfield and Easthouses building
- Sheltered, covered, outdoor play area (easily and safely accessed by children’s groups)
- Secure storage for toys/equipment
- Storage facilities for tools/equipment
- Easily maintained grounds/garden
- Explore feasibility of grassed area (between church and Bogwood Rd) being developed for car parking.
Points for consideration:
- Do we need to keep the existing tower as a recognisable landmark within the local community?
- Retain the shell of the current building or a complete rebuild?
- Need to remove flat roof and building needs to vandal & graffiti resistant.
- Low running and maintenance costs, low carbon foot print.
- One main entrance or multiple entry/exit points?