A flexible building for worship and community activities
Church leaders had decided to rationalise a group of four churches into one new, modern place of worship that would meet the needs of the local community in the North Bolton area of Greater Manchester. As part of the process, three churches at Astley Bridge, Chorley Old Road and Halliwell were to be sold, with the new church and community facilities built on the site of the former Delph Hill Methodist Church.
The challenge was to create various multi-usage areas including a cafe which is open during the week. The community hall was intended to host a variety of activities such as music, craft, adult learning and drama as well as activities for young people and toddlers. The worship space and community hall had to operate as one large area and also as two separate areas, and this would require a movable wall to be constructed.
In addition, all the planned works would have to take into account the possibility that bats nested in the original church building.
BSD was appointed to provide full M&E design for all services for the new church, including underfloor heating and domestic water and gas, as well as the redirection of existing incoming services. The electrical installation included LED lighting, power and fire alarm systems.
Following guidance from a bat consultant, a temporary bat house was installed in a large tree and our design incorporated specially-designed slates to allow the bats to return once the building was completed.
Now known as the Triangle Church, the new facility is a blend of traditional and contemporary architectural features, including stone, slate and modern stained glass. Light and energy-efficient, the site is home to a multi-purpose church hall with a capacity of 200, along with meeting rooms and café area. With its in-built flexibility, the building provides the local community with a venue able to hold a wide variety of events.