<span>Queen's</span><span>Cross</span><span>Church</span>

Queen's Cross Church

Queen's Cross Church

Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen is a Category A listed Victorian building that provides a range of facilities for church and community use.

The church members were keen to make better use of these facilities and to increase their community presence. The architect’s design proposals addressed the need to make the building more accessible, more inviting and more user friendly by reorganising and modernising the church accommodation around a new transverse circulation route joining two new entrances.

We provided M&E Engineering and our main challenge was to introduce new services into an in-use church building with minimum interference to the church users. This involved designing complicated cross-connections to the old building’s existing services, the layout of which was often unclear. With available space in the building very tight, we made use of a loft space above the café for new plant and services.

Another challenge was the conversion of the new foyer from an outdoor courtyard to an indoor space. The external space had provided natural ventilation for the existing plant spaces as well as access to the cellar, and therefore required careful thinking about how its closure would impact on its neighbouring spaces. A previously unheated large hall was made more usable though the introduction of an improved heating system and generous windows which provide plenty of natural daylight and ventilation. The high level windows in this large hall were provided with mechanical control for ease of operation. Other improvements included refurbishment of the café and nursery, both of which are now active and well-used spaces.

Architect

Lee Boyd

Value

£780K

Completion

2018

Client

Queen's Cross Church

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The new extension that houses the cafe and the new entrance.
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New Café with natural ventilation and daylight through high level roof lights and surrounding windows.
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A multi use main hall, with new heating system and improved natural ventilation system complete with actuated controls.
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The new foyer is a conversion of an outdoor courtyard to an indoor space to connect the new facilities to one another. A rooflight floods the new foyer space with daylight.
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New nursery complete with kitchen and toilet facilities. The nursery benefits from good daylight through roof lights and windows as well as new standalone heating system.
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A multi-use space, with its own dedicated kitchenette facilities, that can open up to the café.