Ainsley Gommon converts and refurbishes St. Bernard's Church

Wed, December 11th, 2019

Ainsley Gommon is a leading Chartered Practice of Architects and Urban Designers

Ainsley Gommon is a leading Chartered Practice of Architects and Urban Designers with a focus on housing, education, healthcare buildings and regeneration. The practice promotes collaborative working, sustainability and environmental responsibility in the design, construction and operation of buildings and within our landscape designs.

Ainsley Gommon operates across the United Kingdom from offices in England and Wales. We combine services to meet the demands of larger projects while calling on areas of design specialism such as conservation and master-planning. We continue to grow our skill base which already includes the services of Client Advisor, Principal Designer, Accredited SAP and Energy Performance Assessor and RIBA Conservation Architect.

One of our recent projects has been receiving a lot of welcomed press coverage and praise this week. Our multi award winning scheme involves the conversion and refurbishment of the former St. Bernard’s Church in Toxteth, Liverpool to create eleven low cost, three and four bed homes within the church conversion. With a further four, two bed apartments and a three bedroom detached house making up this innovative project.

Our client, HPBC is a revolutionary charity who combines self-build, volunteering and corporate philanthropy in a unique way. The home partners help to build the homes they will ultimately live in, working alongside volunteers from all over the world and using products, services and materials donated by some of the biggest corporate names. The project was delivered through an award winning partnership between HPBC, Onward Homes and Hampton Developments Ltd.

The former church is a landmark in the local area and is one of the few surviving Victorian buildings left on the street. The gothic style church was designed by notable architects Pugin & Pugin in 1901. It is brick built with sandstone dressings, with a complex and effective West front on Kingsley Road which has been retained and restored.

The homes within the conversion benefit from large floor to ceiling heights and retained features such as; the arch colonnades, stained glass windows and stone features. The design has been carefully crafted to sympathetically work with the existing building. The design of the homes incorporates the principals of the Energy Efficient Refurbishment to Existing Building Good Practice Guide. Designed to meet the criteria of Building Regulations and the site complies with the design principles of Secured by Design.

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