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Enfield church redevelopment shortlisted

Published Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The innovative redevelopment of an Enfield Church into a community centre and primary school has been shortlisted for a prestigious planning award.


 The project to redevelop St John’s Church in Enfield into the new Dysons Road Community Hub has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Built Project’ in the Community Scale Scheme category at the 2012/13 London Planning Awards with the project reaching the final two in the competition.

Officially opened by Prince Andrew in July, the redevelopment took St John’s Church and its vicarage and church hall, originally designed by architect CHB Quennell in 1905-06, and created a revamped area for worship, combined with a new community centre, complete with gym, pool table, recording studies and study space.

Following consultation with the local community, a need for primary school places was identified leading to a new 30 place Church of England Primary School being included in the redevelopment.

Designed by Ryan Bunce of Wilson Stephen Associates, the old church was split in two to create a new two storey community centre, while maintaining the historical and architectural character of the original church. 

The joint-venure between the Diocese of London and the Enfield Council helped provide the funding for the scheme and allowed space for the youth centre to be re-housed in neighbouring St Mary’s Church Centre during the time of construction.

Archdeacon of Hampstead, Luke Miller said “Working with Enfield Council, we have turned a church that had fallen into disrepair and disuse into a hub for community and worship. It is now genuinely a place where local people want to congregate to play, learn and to pray.”

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Del Goddard said: "This is a fantastic project which has transformed the church, provided first rate community facilities and helped provide much needed primary school places in Enfield.

“We wouldn't have been able to complete this project without the assistance of the church and this scheme is a superb example of how the Council and its partners listens to what residents want and delivers the services and support they need. I'm delighted it has reached the final of such a prestigious competition."

The London Planning Awards, now in their tenth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the RTPI and London Councils and recognise planning professionals and organisations that have made a contribution towards making London a better place to live, work and visit. A decision on the winner will be made on 31 January 2013.

The redevelopment of the church is the first piece of infrastructure which has been completed in the development of Meridian Water, a £1.3 billion project which is being delivered by Enfield Council and which will be one of the biggest green developments in Britain.

It will provide water front living, community facilities, leisure and employment opportunities and provide 3,000 jobs and 5,000 homes, bringing massive investment to the area and helping to rejuvenate a deprived part of Enfield in the process.

The first phase of Meridian Water will be the National Grid owned site to the rear of the church. This will create between 750 – 1000 new homes and a new primary school.

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