calfordseaden was approached by Emmaus Road Community Church to provide Contract Administration services for the refurbishment of former dance studio which had been purchased at auction after being leased by the Church for a number of years.

The property was extremely tired and required extensive refurbishment. The client brief was to create a contemporary high quality community centre.

calfordseaden worked closely with Ra Ra Designs (interior designer) to achieve a high quality church centre within the existing structure.

The completed scheme provides a main hall with easy access to a new commercial kitchen, new rest room facilities, a prayer room, meeting and office space and storage facilities.

The building boats of a fresh air system, air conditioning and state of the art lighting, AV and sound system.

The challenges to the project included:

  • Working with a lightweight portal frame;
  • Introducing comfort cooling and fresh air into an existing building;
  • Maximising the available height and layout of the building to make the best possible use of the space available.

The overall feedback can be summarised in the words of a Trustee of Emmaus Road Community Church: “what a privilege it was to meet up again yesterday and see first hand the results of the sheer hard work and inspiration, over so many months. The resurrected Founders is simply beautiful – state of the art, yet peaceful, sympathetic and stylish”.