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ST MARY REDCLIFFE

PROJECT 450 INITIAL OPTIONS APPRAISAL

JUNE 2018


Dan Talkes

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CONTENTS

1.0 INTRODUCTION

2.0 COMPETITION SCHEME

3.0 PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND FEEDBACK

4.0 CLIENT FEEDBACK - why did we win? what did we get right? what did we get wrong?

5.0 INITIAL BRIEF ANALYSIS

6.0 THE HOGARTH QUESTION

7.0 INITIAL OPTIONS

8.0 EXPLORING NEED - SPEAKING TO THE STAFF

9.0 EXPLORING NEED - SPEAKING TO THE CONGREGATION AND COMMUNITY

10.0 EXPLORING OPPORTUNITY - HERITAGE ASSET REVIEW

11.0 EXPLORING OPPORTUNITY - INTERPRETATION STRATEGY

12.0 EXPLORING OPPORTUNITY - COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

13.0 SUMMARY VISION AND PURPOSE

14.0 REVISED SPATIAL BRIEF

15.0 ADJACENCY DIAGRAM

16.0 ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

17.0 NEXT STEPS


1.0 INTRODUCTION

Emerging from the competition process, we were very clear that all of the shortlisted schemes -

ours included - were too large, too detrimental to the setting of St Mary Redcliffe

We stated as much during our interview, and accompanied this self-critique with a request: let us

see the competition not as an end, but a start; the beginning of a process of working together to

better understand the needs and opportunities of St Mary Redcliffe

Thankfully, our candour was well received - and we were appointed to Project 450 in June 2016

This Options Appraisal therefore represents exactly two years of interrogation, consultation

and collaboration with the staff, congregation and community of St Mary Redcliffe. It summarises

our subsequent brief analysis, the iterations evolved, evaluated, explored and - in many cases

- discounted during our initial design process, and, we hope, not only clarifi es Project 450’s

purpose, but also provides a solid foundation for its advancement to RIBA 1

June 2018


2.0 COMPETITION SCHEME

Produced in response to the Malcolm Reading Competition Brief, our scheme originates in a close

reading of St Mary Redcliffe’s past, present, and future physical and social context to conceptually:

RE-MEMBER

Derive from the unique, and substantially lost, history of Redcliffe and acknowledge the rich and

close juxtaposition that once defi ned the church’s setting

RE-CONNECT

Create a series of social and temporal stitches that replace the dominance of the roads with a

welcoming and rewarding public realm that repairs the fragmentation of the site, recontextualises

the church and reconnects it to its history, future, congregation and community

RE-FRAME

Recognise the potential of the church to enhance the legibility of the route between Temple

Meads and the city, and the opportunity to place within this evolving urban realm a new marker, a

symbol of the church’s mission and the identity of its community

RE-SPOND

Engage with the constraints and challenges of the church’s urban realm and the known-unknowns

of Redcliffe’s future development, to evolve experientially rewarding spaces that positively engage

with both the church’s congregation and its wider public to maximise their appreciation of the

church’s awe-inspiring beauty

RE-IMAGINE

Enable a re-imagined Redcliffe, with the church located at the physical, spiritual and social heart of

the community

Ultimately, these conceptual objectives translated into an interlinked series of three buildings,

extending from Prewett Street, via the South Churchyard, to Redcliffe Way, acknowledging

the axiality of the lost Pile St, and reinterpreting the historic boundary of the mediaeval North

Churchyard

Rooted on a red pigmented base - a physical manifestation of the ‘red cliff’ upon which the church

is founded - due to the scale of the spatial brief requirements, the scheme rises to a height of four

storeys, in the form of a new tower in the site’s north-east corner. Carefully sculpted to maintain

sightlines from Redcliffe Way, this exists as a conscious memory of both the glass cones and shottower

that once complemented the spire

Above: The Competition Brief

Left: An Initial Concept Sketch Exploring Connectivity

and Memory


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GROUND FLOOR PLAN - street level

1 Cafe

2 Shop and Entrance

3 Kitchen

4 WCs

5 Exhibition Area

6 External Exhibition Area


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SECOND FLOOR PLAN

7 Entrance Podium

8 Accessible Entrance to Church

9 Flexible Offi ce Space

10 Meeting Room

11 Offi ce Reception

12 Entrance to BoH

13 Green Room

14 Private Prayer Chapel

15 External Cafe Terrace

16 Library

17 Flexible Offi ce Space

18 Meeting Room

19 Head Verger’s Offi ce

20 Verger’s Store

21 Robing Space - Clergy


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FOURTH FLOOR PLAN - upper tower level

View from North Porch Podium

22 Robing Space - Choir

23 Music Tuition Room

24 Music Offi ce

25 Choir Vestry


View of South Churchyard

Aerial View from South


3.0 PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND FEEDBACK

During the architectural design competition, each of the shortlisted schemes was displayed

within St Mary Redcliffe’s North Transept. The feedback received was honest, resistant to the

proposed change, and, no-doubt, illustrative of the great value attached to St Mary Redcliffe by its

community and congregation alike

Crucially, it demonstrated that the community and congregation of St Mary Redcliffe:

• Has strong-held views on the church’s progression

• Wished to be engaged in the design process, and

• Was unconvinced of the need for change

The adjacent image is an unedited record of some of the feedback received and was utilised as

part of our interview presentation to reinforce our belief that:

• Open acknowledgement of these comments was critical

• Increased consultation was essential to develop understanding of need and build ‘ownership’

• A signifi cant re-appraisal of the scheme would be necessary to respond to these concerns

Of course, the tender documentation had made clear that, in undertaking the design competition,

St Mary Redcliffe was seeking to fi nd the TEAM, not the SCHEME

But our assessment was the presentation of the shortlisted schemes, without the opportunity for

dialogue, had risked the alienation of the congregation and community and that it was essential to

re-dress this in the future design development


4.0 CLIENT FEEDBACK

Having been announced as competition winners, but with an inevitable focus on the public

feedback, we were keen to understand WHY we had been selected, what we had got RIGHT and

what we had got WRONG

In June 2016, to commence our appointment, we therefore initiated a series of client feedback

sessions with:

Rev Dan Tyndall

Rhys Williams

Mike Bothamley

Peter Floyd

The PCC of St Mary Redcliffe

Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe

Project Coordinator and P450 Research Assistant

Chair of the P450 Project Board

Adviser to the P450 Project Board and Member of Bristol DAC

The feedback, which was honest, instructive and ultimately established the basis for what has

become a very open and rewarding collaborative process, can be summarised as follows:

WHY DID WE WIN?

Strength of concept

• Site awareness

• Openness of approach

• Attitude to site context and materiality

WHAT DID WE GET RIGHT?

We were assessed to have demonstrated the most complete understanding of the past and

present needs of Redcliffe, the historic, urban, and socio-economic context, and the aspirations

of the client

The honesty of our self-critique was welcomed, particularly alongside our understanding of the

need to increase engagement with the congregation and community

WHAT DID WE GET WRONG?

It was appreciated that our scheme provided the most complete representation of the client’s

spatial brief. But the interview panel shared our assessment that the resulting scheme was too

large, with too great an impact on the setting of St Mary Redcliffe

It was also felt regrettable that our proposal included the removal of Sir George Oatley’s 1941

Undercroft that, whilst recognised to be technically challenged by persistent rainwater ingress

and constrained physical access, was felt to be an integral part of the church’s developmental

narrative


5.0 INITIAL BRIEF ANALYSIS

The spatial brief contained within the competition documents originates from a series of studies

undertaken by St Mary Redcliffe between 2008 and 2014, including:

• Facilities Aspiration Brief Action Planning (2008)

• Access Study Marcus Chantrey* (2013)

• Schedule of New Accommodation Marcus Chantrey (2014)

• Assessment of Accommodation Needs Marcus Chantrey (2014)

* Inspecting Architect

Summarised below the quantum of required additional accommodation is calculated to equal:

Compared to existing nave-level footprint of:

1,509 sqm

Given this quantum, and the shared assessment that its accommodation could not be achieved

without impact to the setting of St Mary Redcliffe, our initial analysis sought to identify:

• Non-Essential Facilities

• Facilities Potentially More Appropriate to the Prewett Street Site

(and therefore outside of the church curtilage)

2,834 sqm

0350 BRISTOL St Mary Redcliffe Church

Assessment of Accommodation Needs Rev B – 11 June 2014

0350 BRISTOL St Mary Redcliffe Church

Assessment of Accommodation Needs Rev B – 11 June 2014

0350 BRISTOL St Mary Redcliffe Church

Assessment of Accommodation Needs Rev B – 11 June 2014

Clergy/Choir – Back of house – Private

Room/Function Area Notes Group

Head Verger’s Office 10m 2 Currently 11m 2. Dedicated administrative Clgy

environment required. Safe.

Verger’s Office 15m 2 Interface/security between public and Clgy

privates spaces. A duty station and must be

centrally located and accessible to visitors.

Verger’s Storage 12m 2 Access to current store very poor. Vestment Clgy

storage required.

Fireproof Storage 4m 2 Storage for candles and oils. Clgy

Robing Space – Clergy 15m² Robe wardrobes and lockers. Clgy

Robing Space – Servers &

Sidesmen

15m² Up to 10 persons. Robe wardrobes and

lockers.

Robing Space – Choir 30m² Robe wardrobes and lockers. Subdivision Music

required. Boys’, girls’ and men’s wardrobes.

Choir Vestry 125m² Currently 125m². Max 70 person. Acoustics Music

good and current space acceptable if

robing is moved. Armoire needs relocating.

Sound improvements to doors. Alternative

purpose built accommodation could be

considered.

Music Tuition room(s) 8m² 1-2-1 tuition. Singing exams. Child Protection. Music

Good sound protection. 1 or 2 rooms?

Music Storage 10m² Sheet music storage. Needs more

Music

investigation

WC – Male, Female and Disabled 12m² Private accessible WCs for choir, staff and Supp

volunteers near robing area. Shower. Child

Protection important.

Cleaner’s Store 4m² The Armoire needs consideration. Supp

Volunteer/Green/Relaxation 35m² Incorporating flower arranging space and Supp

vestment repair area. Lockers. Level access

necessary if used for flowers. Large Belfast

sink for flowers. Possible choir use also.

Kitchenette.

Flower Arrangers Store 4m² Vases, oasis and pedestals. Trolley required. Supp

Total 299m²

Circulation @ 25% 75m² Circ

TOTAL 374m²

Notes:

The back of house spaces must have direct links to the public areas of a new building and links to the rear of

the church.

Clgy

Front of House – Public

Room/Function Area Notes Group

Main body of church excl Seats 900 with 200 in pews. Accessible WCs.

Congregational

refreshments

excl

Private prayer /chapel 15m 2

Currently at west end of nave. Space a little

cramped and facilities limiting. Storage limited.

Redesign required if retained in current

position. Close links with new café for

preparation and washing up. Consider/discuss

use of Café/other new spaces.

Café 140m² Currently 136m² but the space has columns

which seriously limits the capacity. Undercroft

capacity is currently 65 seated - increase to 100

seating capacity. Strong links to outside for

awareness and fully accessible. Possible

external expansion in summer. Close to main

WCs. Would like to be able to do more church

events.

Commercial Kitchen 50m² Currently 25m². Significant increase in space

required. Dishwasher facilities could be used for

church refreshments. Access to bins. Deliveries.

Possible use of facilities by outside caterers by

prior arrangement out of hours.

Cafe

Cafe

Café office 4m² Admin Cafe

Café dry store 5m² Storage of dry foods and goods. Cafe

Café furniture store 5m² External furniture. Cafe

Café changing & lockers 6m² Staff use. Shower Cafe

Shop 50m 2 Could consider a larger shop than current?

Merchandising needs investigation. Location is

important for sales. Christian bookshop.

Location critical for success. Could remain

inside the church.

Shop storage/office 6m 2 Could be integrated into units etc.

Management of shop needs consideration if

outside the church. South Porch room could be

used for excess stock.

Learning/ teaching

spaces/ Conference/

Large Meeting

150m² Sunday School - Subdivision of space required

and ‘church-like’ atmosphere important.

Capacity for 100-120 people with access to

Café, kitchen or own facilities. Education visits.

Child protection. Separate WC and wash-hand

basins. Accessibility important for pushchairs

etc Sub-division of space necessary and easily

moveable furniture. Space available for hire.

Community groups. Display space for school

art.

Shop

Shop

Mt/Ed

Storage associated with

multi-use above

Social room for young

people/ Youthwork.

20m² General store. Mt/Ed

30m² 25m 2 of floor space with storage and drink

making facilities.

Storage for furnishings 40m 2 Tables, chairs and equipment to allow flexible

community use. As close as possible to the

main body of the church with robustly detailed

circulation space.

Treasury/ exhibition

say

200m 2

Total 721m²

Medieval stonework, fire engine, silverware?

models and drawings. Elizabeth Fry

embroideries, copes, Visitor Interpretation.

Temporary exhibitions? Inventory required.

Gallery space. Needs to link to catering for

external events. Hire out space for receptions

and events.

Circulation @ 20% 145m² Circ

TOTAL 866m²

Front of House – Public – Other Ideas

Mt/Ed

Mt/Ed

Exhib

Room/Function Area Notes Group

Community Hub 20m²

Social Enterprise Hub 20m²

Credit Union –‘Money

20m²

Matters’

Workshop/Start-up space/

30m²

Redcliffe Enterprise’

Accommodation space 250m²

Night Shelter 250m²

Total 590m²

Circulation @ 20% 118m²

Circ

TOTAL 708m²

Notes:

The above accommodation could be located elsewhere in the Redcliffe neighbourhood.


Even accepting the potential economies / displacement of accommodation offered by this initial

analysis, it was clear that the brief requirements for the North & South Churchyard buildings

remained signifi cant at circa:

1693sqm

However, this compares favourably with the competition brief of:

1916sqm (for the equivalent range of functions) and:

2834sqm (overall)

0350 BRISTOL St Mary Redcliffe Church

Assessment of Accommodation Needs Rev B – 11 June 2014

0350 BRISTOL St Mary Redcliffe Church

Assessment of Accommodation Needs Rev B – 11 June 2014

0350 BRISTOL St Mary Redcliffe Church

Assessment of Accommodation Needs Rev B – 11 June 2014

Front of House – Public Ancillary

Room/Function Area Notes Group

Male WC 30m² Allow 3 WCs, 6urinals, 6 basins WC

Female WC 50m² Allow 12 WCs 8 basins WC

Disabled WC 8m² Allow 2nr. Level access, wide doorways and

WC

adapted washing facilities.

Baby Change 3m² WC

First Aid Room 4m² WC

Chair and Staging 60m² Level access required. Storage also of noticeboards. Store

Store

Other stores 20m² Store

Total 175m²

Circulation @ 50% 87m² Allowance for Foyer Space Circ

TOTAL 262m²

Front of House – Parish Admin

Room/Function Area Notes Group

Reception Area 15m 2 Fully accessible, comfortable and welcoming with

Meet

waiting area and close links to Meeting rooms

and staff offices. Includes a desk for a Member of

Staff.

Parish/Administrative

25m 2

Currently 22m² but includes Reception. Space for

Office

Office

2 full time persons and must be linked but

separate from the Reception Area.

Vicar’s Office 21m 2 Currently 21m². For private and informal meetings. Office

Assistant Clergy 20m 2 Includes space for small meetings. Office

Music Office 10m 2 Ideally more closely linked to Music facilities. Office

Research assistant’s office 10m² Works closely with the vicar. Office

Education Office 10m² ? Ideally more closely linked to Education

Office

facilities.

Other Office space 50m² To accommodate future planning. Office

Work Stations/Workroom 12m² Hot desks for PCC use. Office

Photocopying and

15m² Currently 8m². Layout space needed. Work area

Office

publication

for preparation of magazines etc. Noisy. Binding

and folding machines.

Main Meeting Room 40m² Should be able to seat 18 for formal meetings. Full

Meet

presentation facilities etc.

Alternative Meeting Room 16m² Allow to seat 8 for a formal meeting. Full

Meet

presentation facilities.

Informal Meeting Room 15m² Possibly linked to vicar’s office – sitting room feel.

Meet

Could be linked to Assistant Clergy office.

Library/Resource/Research

40m² Need to work with Bristol Record Office to

Office

Centre

establish their role. Digital archiving.

General Storage 12m² General Storage in for Parish Office in various

Supp

locations.

Kitchen 5m² For staff use. Supp

WCs 10m² WCs including Disabled WCs for staff and use of

Supp

visitors to the Parish Office.

Staff Shower 2m² Supp

Total 328m²

Circulation @ 20% 65m² Circ

TOTAL 393m²

Church – Other

Room/Function Area Notes Group

Strong Room /Parish

Archives

17m 2

Could become part of church tour displaying

some archive material.

Other

Loading Bay 25m 2 Other

Workshop 20m 2 Other

Contractor Mess Room 8m 2 Including WC facilities and kitchenette. Other

Materials Store 5m 2 Storage of building materials. Other

Yard Space 20m 2 Ext

Boiler /Plant Room 60m² Plant

Blower Room 15m² Plant

Bins and Recycling 15m² Ext

Total 185m²

Circulation @ 25% 46m² Circ

TOTAL 231m²

TOTAL AREA 2,834m 2 (excl car parking) – Cross refer to Drg No 0350 SK 046

Of which approximately 340m 2 is available within the existing accommodation on the church site – ie Choir

Vestry, Undercroft, Verger’s Vestry, Inner Vestry and Shop – cross refer to Drg No 0350 SK 047. The new

build might therefore account for 2,500m 2 of which a further 708m 2 might not need to be physically linked

to the church and could be located as community facilities elsewhere in the remodelled neighbourhood.

Church – Transport

Function Area Notes Group

Parking ????

Spaces

Bicycles etc 10m²

Staff parking - ?????????

Staff parking for Café – 2 spaces.

Volunteer / Steward parking – ?????????

Contractor parking - ?????????

Public car-parking -?????????

Notes

Meeting room spaces are also booked by other groups.

The Matthew also hires one office.

Total

….m²


6.0 THE HOGARTH QUESTION

During the competition process, it had become clear that Hogarth’s C18 Triptych is potentially

at-risk

Measuring approximately 13m x 7m, and entitled ‘Sealing the Tomb’, this great, three-part

altarpiece was commissioned by St Mary Redcliffe in 1755. It remained in the church until C19,

when the church’s Victorian custodians deemed it an unsuitable work for an ecclesiastical setting

and listed it for sale

Eventually, with no buyers forthcoming, the painting passed into the City’s collection, ultimately

being housed in St Nicholas’ Church which, following WW2 bombing, was converted to provide

a Museum of Ecclesiastical Artefacts. The church has now returned to the Diocese of Bristol

and, with the painting currently boarded-over and concealed from public view, St Mary Redcliffe

requested that our initial options appraisal should also explore the potential opportunities and

challenges of returning the painting to the church


7.0 INITIAL OPTIONS

Undertaken in September 2016, the Initial Options Appraisal takes, as its starting point, the

competition scheme and seeks to explore how its conceptual approach might be developed in

response to the:

• Client Feedback (Section 4.0)

Initial Brief Analysis (Section 5.0)

• Hogarth Question (Section 6.0)

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Illustrated below, the options may be summarised as follows:

OPTION 1

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• Retention of Oatley’s Undercroft

• Re-focussing of vertical circulation to West End

Steps to North Porch west-facing to connect to route from Redcliffe Wharf

• New lift and stair in position of former Chapel of the Holy Spirit, demolished in C18

• Sheltering roof linking to South Porch

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PROS

Narthex route adds prominence to West

End - but entry via West Doors would be

preferred

Utilisation of ‘Peter’s Triangle’

Mezzanine Gallery provides alternative

perspectives on the Hogarth

CONS

Very limited access to green space from Choir

Vestry

No enhancement of Vestry facilities

No allocation of chair storage

Limited visibility to Cafe from Entrance

Scale and visual impact reduced in comparison

to competition scheme

Retention of 1940’s Undercroft

Proximity of Undercroft-level WCs to lift /

stair

Limited Back-of-House provision

Education Space signifi cantly under target area

1 Steps to North Porch

2 Retained 1940s Undercroft

3 Welcome

4 Choir Vestry

5 Potential Hogarth Installation

6Cafe

7 Kitchen

8 WCs

9 Lift and Stair to Nave

ST MARY REDCLIFFE

OPTION 1 - CRYPT LEVEL PLAN

SEPTEMBER 2016


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A Conceptual Representation of Hogarth’s Triptych in the Proposed Viewing Gallery

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9 Lift and Stair to Nave

10 Hogarth Viewing Gallery

11 Cafe External Seating

12 Education Space

13 Events Space

ST MARY REDCLIFFE

OPTION 1 - NAVE LEVEL PLAN

SEPTEMBER 2016


OPTION 2

• Reconfi gured processional steps to North Porch

• Conversion of existing Choir Vestry to Exhibition Space / Treasury

• New lift to Nave level with sheltering roof over route to North Aisle

• Three-storey tower to contain Choir Vestry and Education Space

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PROS

CONS

Purpose-built Choir Vestry

Integration of Hogarth into Welcome / Retail

Space

Accessible facilities at shared level adding to

sense of integration / equity

View to Cafe arguably more open to

Reception / Welcome than Option 1

Accessible route to Nave open to elements

and segregates those using lift from those using

stair

No external access to Strong Room (below

Lady Chapel)

Exhibition Space feels isolated and reliance on

short-rise stair lift is not acceptable

No allocation of chair storage

Limited Back-of-House provision

1 Steps to North Porch

2 Welcome

3 Courtyard

4 Exhibition Space

5 Potential Hogarth Installationtion

6 Cafe

7 Kitchen

8 WCs

9 Lift to Nave

ST MARY REDCLIFFE

OPTION 2 - CRYPT LEVEL PLAN

SEPTEMBER 2016


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ST MARY REDCLIFFE

OPTION 2 - UPPER LEVEL PLAN

SEPTEMBER 2016

9 Lift to Nave

10 Choir Vestry

11 Practice c Room

12 Education Space

13 Events Space

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ST MARY REDCLIFFE

OPTION 2 - NAVE LEVEL PLAN

SEPTEMBER 2016


OPTION 3

• Reconfi gured processional steps to North Porch

• Conversion of existing Choir Vestry to Exhibition Space / Treasury

• New lift to Nave level with sheltering roof over route to North Aisle

• Three-storey tower to contain Choir Vestry and Hogarth Gallery

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PROS

Conversion of Choir Vestry to Exhibition

Space more successful than Option 2

Provision of Workshop / Mess Room for

Conservation Contractors

Re-use of Priest’s Door to provide access to

Sunday School and Clergy Vestry

CONS

Loss of 1940’s Undercroft deemed

unjustifi able, if only to accommodate WCs

Distance between Church and South

Churchyard Building

Accessible route to Nave remains

unsatisfactory, as noted under Option 2

1 Steps to North Porch

2 Welcome

3 Introductory Exhibition

4 Exhibition Space

5 Potential Hogarth Installationtion

6 Cafe

7 Kitchen

8 WCs

9 Lift

to Nave

ST MARY REDCLIFFE

OPTION 3 - CRYPT LEVEL PLAN

SEPTEMBER 2016


Necessarily, each of the options prioritises different elements of the proposed brief. However,

none was deemed to provide an optimal solution

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The Project Board instructed that, as these options suggest, the provision of new Clergy and

Community facilities on Prewett Street should be viewed as a separate project, due to ongoing

conversations with the Methodist Church over the use of the site and existing Faithspace Building

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Beyond this, the Initial Options Appraisal highlighted a series of brief considerations requiring

further interrogation, analysis, and justifi cation, including:

OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

What are the operational challenges, constraints, and opportunities of St Mary Redcliffe?

What are the specifi c needs of each church ‘department’ - Vestry, Music, Education, etc? And

what potential is there to combine those new facilities created in response?

HERITAGE REQUIREMENTS

What is the heritage signifi cance of St Mary Redcliffe’s collection?

What are the key artefacts? What is there current condition, and conservation requirements?

What is the relevance, implication, and potential of the Hogarth’s return?

How can this material be utilised to better-tell the stories of St Mary Redcliffe? And what are the

key interpretive themes?

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COMMUNITY REQUIREMENTS

10 Choir Vestry

11 Practice c Room

12 Education Space

13 Events Space

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Given the socio-economic disparity between North & South Redcliffe and the consequently

diverse needs and interests of the Parish, how can Project 450 achieve relevance, increased

engagement, and community assistance?

To address these questions, workshops were conducted with members of the church staff,

alongside the commissioning of the following series of specialist studies

ST MARY REDCLIFFE

OPTION 3 - NAVE LEVEL PLAN

SEPTEMBER 2016


8.0 EXPLORING NEED - SPEAKING TO THE STAFF

To gain a more detailed understanding of the staff needs, we began by challenging both the

competition brief and statement of need, via a series of informal conversations and workshops

with separate church departments and individuals, including:

• The Vestry

• Music

• Education

• The Vicar

• Assistant Vicar

• Parish Administrator

• House-keeping / Cleaning

• The Vestment Group

• Sunday School, etc

The interviews focussed on key operational questions, such as:

• What works?

• What doesn’t?

• What are the constraints?

But also included more open, leading questions, such as, if we dared to dream:

• What needs could St Mary Redcliffe address?

• What could the church become? and:

• What would this look like to you?

From the responses, we gained a more detailed understanding of church operations, the multiple

user groups, and their diverse needs. This information was recorded in transcripts and, translated

via collaborative workshops, into simple adjacency diagrams to explore both the location,

proximity, and connectivity of functions

St Mary Redcliffe

Notes on Briefing Meetings

20 September 2016

1.0 Education

1.1 Schools’ activities are focussed on spiritual development and religious education. The workshop

topic is tuned to correspond with each individual school’s curriculum and teaching aims

1.2 Workshops are provided by the part-time (1.5 days / week) education officer, assisted by

volunteers

1.3 The typical workshop duration is 60 – 90 mins

1.4 Historic artefacts are already utilised as teaching aids and it is envisaged that the exhibition space

would be integrated in to workshops. Child protection would be managed by supervision and

so the presence of a schools group would not prevent the simultaneous use of the space by

others

1.5 Workshops currently commence in the Lady Chapel, where the space is contained, slightly

detached, and the carpet enables children to sit on the floor. This is preferred to chair-seating

1.6 The church is therefore the focus of all activities and should remain so. However, the lack of

alternative space places limitations on the number of days when school visits can occur. For

example, no visits are possible during organ practice / recitals

1.7 A second space would be beneficial to manage this overlap and also provide a space for arrivals,

snack / lunch breaks and introductory talks / theme setting

1.8 This space should be comfortable and light. It needs to feel ‘special’ and a part of the church.

Visual and physical access to the churchyard would be beneficial

1.9 Key functional requirements for education are:

1.9.1 Education space (perhaps a multi-functional space, serving other uses, given the pattern

of schools’ activities) capable of accommodating circa 30 children, either seated on the

floor or at desks for art / craft sessions

1.9.2 Dedicated children’s WCs, adjacent to education space

1.9.3 Cloaks area for coats / bags

1.9.4 Sink for art / craft wash-up

1.9.5 Storage for chairs, tables, art / craft materials and teaching aids

1.9.6 Education office, within staff / admin area

1.9.7 Volunteer space, including lockers for personal belongings, adjacent to office

1.9.8 Space for display of children’s work, within church and / or other public areas

1

2.0 Music

2.1 Full-time Director of Music, with four choirs:

2.1.1 Adult Choir – up to 20 choristers

2.1.2 Boys’ Choir – up to 20 choristers

2.1.3 Girls’ Choir – up to 20 choristers

2.1.4 Voluntary Choir

2.2 All of the choirs utilise the same choir vestry, although practice is generally on different nights.

Nevertheless, it is critical that the choir vestry can accommodate up to 60 choristers for a full

practice

2.3 Access to the existing choir vestry is via the external door to the west that has a numeric lock

for security

2.4 Currently, the only WCs are those within the crypt. This presents a safe-guarding risk as

choristers must go outside to access the WCs and there is no dedicated boys’ or girls’ provision

2.5 There is also no water supply to the choir vestry so refreshments have to be prepared and

collected from the Arc Cafe

2.6 The choir vestry houses robes (in separate cupboards for boys and girls), the choir library that

contains a substantial collection of sheet music, and a grand piano

2.7 Access to the choir stalls within the main body of the church is via Canynges’ Kitchen and the

vestry. For main services, the choir process from here, along the north aisle to the west end and

up the nave. For other services, the choir process from the vestry straight in to the stalls

2.8 The stairs from the choir vestry are narrow and steep but, to date, have not presented a

particular problem. At no stage has lift access been required

2.9 The acoustic of the existing choir vestry is helpful, as its reverberation partially replicates the

acoustic of the church. Separation is not ideal, however, as sound transference has occurred

from the choir vestry to the church, itself

2.10 Although some resistance is inevitable, the potential relocation of the choir vestry is acceptable

in principle, subject to the appropriateness of the replacement facilities. These would need to

provide:

2.10.1 An equally reverberant space

2.10.2 Break-out space, adjacent to the choir vestry, with a small kitchenette

2.10.3 Dedicated WCs, with separate provision for boys and girls

2.10.4 Separate robing spaces for boys and girls

2.10.5 Secure ‘out of hours’ access

2.10.6 A covered, but not necessarily enclosed, route to the church

2.10.7 Tuition rooms of sufficient scale to accommodate an electronic piano and music stand

Top Right: Extracts of the Staff Transcripts

Bottom Right: A simple Adjacency Diagram, produced

during a Staff Briefing Workshop


9.0 EXPLORING NEED - SPEAKING TO THE CONGREGATION & COMMUNITY

To capture the aspirations of the congregation and community, a simple questionnaire was

produced. Issued to community groups, to the congregation following services, and with copies

left in the church for anyone to complete, the document is consciously accessible and interactive

to promote engagement. Ultimately, over 40 completed questionnaires were returned, providing

great insight into:

• Facilities mix and needs

• Community priorities

• The preferred location, experience, and message of key spaces

Project Priorities

Space Relationship

dentifying Locations

List in order of priority the following key functions for the Church to deliver their mission :

Cafe Exhibition WCs Choir Vestry Education

Draw together key links between the different spaces within the brief :

Primary Connection

Secondary Connection

No Critical Connection

Spaces must be in close proximity

Spaces must be in connected either visually or within the same building



upon the Prewett Street site

1 Cafe

2 Exhibition

3 WCs

4 Welcome

5 Choir Vestry

6 The Vestry

7 Conference

8 Retail

9 Education

Comment and Thoughts :

Use the space below to explain your reasoning for locating the spaces :

Example:

relationship to the street

connection to the South Redcliffe communities

green space in the South churchyard

Retail

Welcome

Conference

The Vestry

PREWETT STREET

HIGH

Cafe

Conference

Education

Colston Parade

CHURCH

OFFICES


Choir Vestry

Pump Lane

WCs

The Church

CHURCH

CHOIR

VESTRY

Redcliffe Hill

Retail


LOW

Exhibition

Welcome

The Vestry

Redcliffe Way


10.0 EXPLORING OPPORTUNITY - HERITAGE ASSET REVIEW

To gain a greater understanding of St Mary Redcliffe’s collection of artefacts, their signifi cance

and condition, a Heritage Asset Review was undertaken by Rita McClean, Museums & Heritage

Consultant

The review engaged with the Archivists of both St Mary Redcliffe and Bristol City Council to:

1. Assess and catalogue the relevant physical objects and archives held in each collection

2. Establish their capacity to illustrate key themes, including the:

• Architectural development of the church

• Donors/benefactors who funded or commissioned works

• Artists and craftspeople involved in their creation

• Items originally created for other locations, such as the font from St John’s Bedminster

• Notable people associated with St Mary Redcliffe, including Canynges, Cabot, Chatterton, etc

• Function of the church as a place of worship

• Role of the church in the parish: its charitable activities, the provision of schooling, etc

• Church as a landowner

Additionally, in recognition of the piece’s potential signifi cance to Project 450, and further to

Section 6.0, the Heritage Asset Review also provides a specifi c assessment of William Hogarth’s

Triptych, including:

• The artistic and ecclesiastical signifi cance of the Triptych

• Narratives surrounding the painting’s mid-C18 commission by the vestry of St Mary Redcliffe

• The relationship between the work and Bristol’s wealth, status, and ambition at this time

• Hogarth, as an artist, and the potential reasons for this atypical commission

• Hogarth, as social commentator, and his association with charitable works

• The religious symbolism depicted in the work

• The painting’s removal from St Mary Redcliffe, and subsequent ‘wanderings around the city’

• The painting’s potential return to St Mary Redcliffe

• The potential heritage engagement associated with its conservation and reinstatement


11.0 EXPLORING OPPORTUNITY - INTERPRETATION STRATEGY

Developing upon the potential narratives highlighted within the Heritage Asset Review, an Outline

Interpretation Plan was commissioned from ImageMakers

The Interpretation Plan explores:

1. Audiences

• Those who are, or might, engage with St Mary Redcliffe, its heritage, ecclesiastical signifi cance,

and role within the parish

• Potential physical, social, or intellectual barriers to access

• The potential strategies to achieve equitable access for all

2. Interpretation Aims & Objectives

• The emotional, learning, and behavioural objectives associated with St Mary Redcliffe’s

• Mission, as a place of worship

• Engagement with its congregation and community

• Architectural signifi cance

3. Visitor Experience

• Themes & Topics, potentially including St Mary Redcliffe, as a place of:

• Creativity, story-telling, and refl ection for all

• Continuity in a changing city

• Physical and spiritual departure and arrival

• Inspiration, through poetry, music, and art

4. Initial Design Concepts, as a framework for future interpretive design development

Based on the above, plus a high-level analysis of potential curatorial strategies and sight-lines to

major pieces, the following provisional target areas were agreed:

Exhibition / Treasury

140sqm

Hogarth Gallery 75sqm

Finally, the Outline Interpretation Plan notes the potential for Temporary or Rotating

Exhibitions, alongside the Permanent Collections and recommends that appropriate spatial

allowance should be made in future options


12.0 EXPLORING OPPORTUNITY - COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

As noted within Section 7.0, St Mary Redcliffe sits on a socio-economic fault-line, between an

affl uent community to the north, and one of Bristol’s most deprived communities to the south

As a key objective of Project 450, and central concept emerging from the competition scheme,

the project aims to create ‘a stitch’ to repair this disparity, unite the two communities and

reinstate St Mary Redcliffe as the physical, social and spiritual heart of its congregation and

community

Of course, the mechanisms by which this might be achieved are far from straight-forward. A

Community Consultation Strategy was therefore commissioned from Vivid Regeneration to

better understand the challenges and opportunities of the local community

The strategy notes the need to:

• Enhance community connectivity across class and cultural divides

• Explore resilience, through opportunities to increase confi dence, learning, and employability

• Provide more spontaneous encounter spaces

• Encourage interaction, through explicitly-accessible, informal spaces

• Create opportunities for volunteering, skills development, and work placements

• Utilise existing expertise, e.g. the Vestments Group, to enable life-learning

• Provide family and children’s activities, and engage with existing providers, including Faithspace,

the Redcliffe Children’s Centre, and St Mary Redcliffe Primary School

• Ensure that any café is community-focussed, welcoming, and affordable


13.0 SUMMARY VISION AND PURPOSE

Drawing this research together, Rev Dan Tyndall has produced the following Summary Vision and

Purpose to encapsualte the primary objectives of Project 450

Approved by both the Project 450 Board, and the PCC of St Mary Redcliffe, it is intended to form

the basis for the susbequent development of a detailed Statement of Need

VISION

Singing the Song of Faith & Justice

PURPOSE

WHO FOR?

To be a:

Thriving Christian Community

Welcoming Heritage Destination

Church that makes a difference in the Parish

Sustainable & Progressive Organisation

Those who are here, will be here, and visit here


14.0 REVISED SPATIAL BRIEF

With the benefi t of the knowledge gained from the described consultation, analysis, and specialist

studies, a revised Spatial Brief was produced in January 2018

Encapsulating the needs and opportunities of St Mary Redcliffe, it has subsequently been approved

by the Project 450 Board and forms the basis for the recently completed Options Appraisal

(Section 16.0)

St Mary Redcliffe

Stage 1 Brief for Proposed North-side and South Churchyard Buildings First Draft 16.01.2018

Item Room Name Room No. Area Occupancy Environment Proposed User Group Specific Characteristics Notes

Proposed Proposed Lighting Type / Levels Staff Adjacency

Acoustic Public Access

Heating Public - by appointment Security

Ventilation Public - paid admission IT / AV

Humidity Control

Other

Aspect

1.0 EXTERNAL APPROACH

1.01 Approach N/A External Public Public & Ceremonial

1.02 Entrance Podium N/A External Public Adj North Porch Public & Ceremonial

2.0 WELCOME

2.01 Reception / Welcome Space 75 Public Views to church critical

Carefully integrated donation points

Welcome within Nave to be maintained, in

addition

Potential box-office for events

Should provide discreet spatial encouragement

for visitors to engage with the café / shop

Access for all required from street level to

Podium and Nave

2.02 Lift N/A Public

3.0 FRONT OF HOUSE

Catering

3.01 Café 70 Public Adj Exhibition, and public WCs Access to external seating

3.02 External Seating N/A Public

3.03 Kitchen 25 Mech Vent Staff Adj Catering Office / Stores

3.04 Catering Office Inc Above Staff

3.05 Dry Store Inc Above Staff Secure external access for deliveries

3.06 Furniture Store Inc Above Staff

3.07 Staff WC / Shower / Changing Inc Above Mech Vent Staff Adj Catering Office

Retail

3.08 Shop 30 Public Adj Exhibition

3.09 Shop Store 10 Staff

3.10 Retail Office 10 Staff

Ancillary

3.11 Male WC 40 Mech Vent Public 3 WCs, 6 Urinals, 6 Basins

3.12 Female WC Inc Above Mech Vent Public 12 WCs, 8 Basins

3.13 Accessible WC Inc Above Mech Vent Public

3.14 Accessible WC Inc Above Mech Vent Public

3.15 Baby-Change Inc Above Mech Vent Public

3.16 First Aid Room 5 Public

3.17 Chair Store 10 Public

3.18 Store 50 Public

Exhibition / Interpretation

3.19 A Exhibition Space (with Hogarth) 300 Public

3.19 B Exhibition Space (without Hogarth) 200 Public

3.20 Temporary Exhibition 100 Public - paid admission

3.21 Chatterton Room Existing Public - paid admission Potential virtual access for DDA

3.22 Canynges' Kitchen Existing Public - paid admission Potential virtual access for DDA

3.23 Tower / Roof Tours Existing Public - paid admission Potential virtual access for DDA

Archive / Conservation

3.24 Archive / Collections Store Existing Humidity Control Staff

3.25 Reading Room 5 Humidity Control Public - by appointment

3.26 Conservation Workshop 20 Humidity Control

Meeting / Conference

3.27 Warming Kitchen / Servery 15 Public - by appointment

Principally Staff, with a secure area

for hands-on Public involvement Adj Exhibition Views from Exhibition


Item Room Name Room No. Area Occupancy Environment Proposed User Group Specific Characteristics Notes

Proposed Proposed Lighting Type / Levels Staff Adjacency

Acoustic Public Access

Heating Public - by appointment Security

Ventilation Public - paid admission IT / AV

Humidity Control

Other

Aspect

3.28 Conference / Events 140 120 Public - by appointment

3.29 Male WC 50 Public 1 WC, 3 Urinals, 3 Basins

3.30 Female WC Inc Above Public 6 WCs, 4 Basins

3.31 Accessible WC Inc Above Public

Education

3.32 Education Reception 10 Staff / Schools Lockers / Cloaks

3.33 Education Room 100 30 Staff / Schools

Potential to be multi-functional, serving nonschools

functions also

Convenient, covered access to church

Sink for art / craft wash-up

3.34 Store 20 Staff Within / adj to Education Room

3.35 Volunteer Space 5 Staff Lockers / Cloaks

3.36 Education Office 5 Staff Adj to Education Room

3.37 Education WCs 8 Staff / Schools Gender neutral. 4 WCs with Basins

1 Accessible WC

4.0 BACK OF HOUSE

Choir / Music School

4.01 Choir Vestry 80 60

Acoustic critical - should

replicate that of church as

closely as possible Staff / Choir Covered, weatherproof link to church

Secure out-of-hours access

4.02 Male Robing 8 Staff / Choir Adj to Choir Vestry Hanging space for 40 robes

4.03 Female Robing 8 Staff / Choir Hanging space for 40 robes

4.04 Choir Library 8 Staff / Choir Storage for extensive sheet music collection

4.05 Male WCs 24 Staff / Choir 1 WC, 2 Urinals, 2 Basins

4.06 Female WCs Inc Above Staff / Choir 3 WCs, 3 Basins

4.07 Accessible WC Inc Above Staff / Choir

4.08 Break-out Space 42 Staff / Choir Small Kitchenette

4.09 Tuition Room 24 Staff / Choir Electronic piano and music stand

Vestry

4.10 Welcome Office 8 Public Adj to main body of church For Duty Verger

4.11 Back Office 8 Staff

For private administrative functions, including

volunteer cash-counting

Kitchenette

Lockers / cloaks

4.12 Male Robing 5 Staff Hanging space for robes

For use of sidesmen and clergy members

4.13 Female Robing 5 Staff Hanging space for robes

For use of sidesmen and clergy members

4.14 Silver Store 5 Staff

4.15 Fire-proof Store 25 Staff For candles, etc

4.16 WC 5 Staff Gender neutral. 1 WC with Basin

As can be seen by a comparison with the Initial Brief Analysis

summarised in Section 5.0, the total target areas of:

With Hogarth

Without Hogarth

1585 sqm GIA

1470 sqm GIA

Represent a further reduction against the equivalent range of

functions within Competition Brief, totalling:

1585 sqm = 18% reduction

1470 sqm = 24% reduction

TOTAL WITH HOGARTH

Net to Gross @ 15%

TOTAL WITHOUT HOGARTH

Net to Gross @ 15%

1378 Net

1585 sqm

1278 Net

1470 sqm


15.0 ADJACENCY DIAGRAM

ARCHIVE

The Revised Spatial Brief (Section 14.0) also records potential adjacencies and operational

effi ciencies that are summarised within the diagram below

Public Route

TEMPORARY

EXHIBITION

NORTH CHURCHYARD

WCs

Service / Operational Link

RECEPTION / WELCOME SPACE

LIFT

EXHIBITION

CAFE

HOGARTH

GALLERY

SERVERY

KITCHEN

CATERING

STORE

BINS

SHOP

RETAIL STORE

WCs

CHOIR VESTRY

ROBING

BREAK-OUT

CHOIR ENTRANCE

CHAIR

STORE

NAVE LEVEL

CLERGY VESTRY

PRACTICE ROOM

WCs

TEA-POINT

VESTRY

STORE

SILVER STORE

SOUTH CHURCHYARD

CHAIR

STORE

CONFERENCE / EVENT SPACE

EDUCATION / LEARNING SPACE

WCs

WCs

STORE

SERVERY

WARMING

KITCHEN

CATERING

STORE

BINS


16.0 ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

Based on the previous analysis, the PCC of St Mary

Redcliffe instructed in May 2018 that we should

undertake a further Options Appraisal

Working with the reduced Spatial Brief, we also

considered the potential phase-ability of each option

to refl ect the priorities identifi ed through the

consultation process, and manage the interlinked

variables of initial capital cost, fundability, and

programme

OPTION ONE - Reopening the West End

A Narthex on the West End to provide access for all

from street level

Phase 1

Remodelling of the North Porch stairs

New café retail and welcome on Redcliffe Way

Accessible route into Nave adjacent to North Porch

Choir Vestry to be retained in existing location and benefit from

new link into Nave

A cafe at the intersection of Redcliffe Way and

Redcliffe Hill to refl ect the ‘Three Cups & Salmon’

that once stood in this position

A new Choir & Education facility in the South

Churchyard, including a Meeting / Events space

A dedicated Hogarth Gallery

PROS

vertical circulation

connecting street level

with the Nave, event

space and Choir Vestry

Presence on Redcliffe Hill promotes increased

enagagement with South Bristol communities

Double-height Events Space benefi ts from visual

connection to South Churchyard

Two separate Education Spaces enables morning /

afternoon cross-over of two class sizes

Phase 2

Education and Events Space located in South Churchyard. Choir

Vestry relocated into South Churchyard. Exhibition established

within existing Choir Vestry

secondary connection to

Chancel through existing

Vestry above


CONS

internal route to provide

level access to Exhibition

from the Church



Visual impact to highly-signifi cant West Front


Due to site constraints, route from Entrance to

Narthex long and potentially convoluted


Hogarth Gallery somewhat isolated

RISKS

Extensive excavations in North and South

Churchyards and at base of tower

Phase 3

Hogarth located in purpose built Exhibition space on North side

with internal link completing the Exhibition route

café providing a presence

on the street and

attracting visitors from all

directions


Uncertain ownership of ‘Peter’s Triangle’

Level 0 - Redcliffe Way

Visual impact to West Front likely to prove highly

contentious


flexible Events Space

with level access to

South Churchyard









support facilities for the

Vestry








Designated facilities for

Choir Vestry


internal route to provide

level access to the

Chancel for the Choir

and Sunday School



Vergers given presence

within the Church

Accessible level access

through new porch/

Narthex on the West End

Level 2


Fabric of the Church

visible from within the

Choir Vestry providing

a dramatic and unique

backdrop to the

rehearsal space

existing Vestry used as

a secondary connection

into the Exhibition below

Competition/Brief

Area

Option 1

Area


Welcome

Café

Retail

Vestry

Choir Vestry

Exhibition

Hogarth

Meeting/

Venue

Education

WCs

N/A

12m 2

210m 2

120m 2

56m 2

40m 2

55m 2

66m 2

173m 2

175m 2

200m 2

280m 2

N/A

180m 2

240m 2

200m 2

240m 2

140m 2

95m 2 110m 2

Level 1 - Nave and South Churchyard


Left: An Intial Massing Study to Assess Visual Impact

Below: Precedent Images to Explore Spatial Character and Materiality


OPTION TWO - Creating an Internal Street

A sheltered route around the church, with a Welcome

Point on Redcliffe Way

A new lift and stair between the North Porch and

North Transept, providing equitable access to Nave

level via a new opening in the North Aisle

A new Choir & Education facility in the South

Churchyard, including a Meeting / Events space

Phase 1

Remodelling of the North Porch stairs to enable accessible

route into Nave and new WC facilities. A temporary pavilion on

the North side will accommodate a café, retail area and small

Exhibition which will enable demand to be tested and generate

initial income. Choir Vestry to remain as existing

Option allows for

external circulation

route around Church

to be retained

External Circulation

Route Option

A dedicated Hogarth Gallery

PROS

Modest development in South Churchyard

Sheltered public space on North side

Potential Phase 1 decant building enables continued

catering offer and provision of WCs prioritised by

congregation

CONS

Education Space somewhat isolated

Phase 2

vertical circulation

connecting street level

with the Nave, event

space and Choir vestry



No dedicated WCs for Choir Vestry - shared

with Events Space, potentially compromising child

protection, etc

Only viable location for Hogarth is within Events

Space, limiting potential ticketing revenues

Choir Vestry and Events Space located in South Churchyard.

Exhibition established within existing Choir Vestry. A permanent

café and retail area with designated welcome space creates a

new entrance to the Church on the North side

access to Strong Room

made part of the

Exhibition route

internal link to Choir

Vestry, event space,

facilities and South

churchyard

RISKS

Extensive excavations in North and South

Churchyards

Alignment of South Churchyard building dictates loss

of mature trees at Eastern boundary

protected courtyard

as an extension to the

public realm allowing use

for external café seating







Location of Hogarth within Events Space may be

incompatible with conservation requirements

New opening within North Aisle requires

comprehensive impact assessment

Phase 3

A protected courtyard created on the North side and education

space with covered link to South Churchyard

Level 0 - Redcliffe Way


flexible Events Space

with level access to

South Churchyard


Void over Events Space

allows for light and airy

inspirational space

wall retaining the level

change within the South

Churchyard




covered external route

to provide level access

to the Chancel for the

Choir and Sunday School


Vestry given presence

within the Church


accessible entrance into

the Nave adjacent to the

North Porch

Level 2

existing Vestry retained

as Vestry support area

Level 1 - Nave and South Churchyard

Welcome

Café

Retail

Vestry

Choir Vestry

Exhibition

Hogarth

Meeting/

Venue

Education

WCs

Competition/Brief

Area

Option 2

Area

N/A

20m 2

210m 2

100m 2

56m 2

40m 2

55m 2

35m 2

173m 2

144m 2

200m 2

175m 2 (+Church)

N/A

N/A

240m 2

140m 2

240m 2

70m 2

95m 2 106m 2


Left: An Intial Massing Study to Assess Visual Impact

Below: Precedent Images to Explore Spatial Character and Materiality


OPTION THREE - A New Undercroft

A single-storey Undercroft to provide a new

Welcome and vertical circulation to Nave level

PROS

Extends the public realm from Redcliffe Way

to promote increased engagement

Relatively modest scale of new construction

Dedicated and signifi cantly-increased Choir

Vestry support facilities

Phase 1

Remodelling of the North Porch stairs

New café retail and welcome on Redcliffe Way

Accessible route into Nave adjacent to North Porch

Choir Vestry to be retained in existing location and benefit from

new link into Nave

CONS

Location of Choir Vestry over Events Space

dictates single-storey with fl at soffi t

Limited scope for enhancement of Vestry

facilities

Integration of Hogarth challenging

RISKS

Extensive excavations in North and South

Churchyards

Alignment of South Churchyard building

dictates loss of mature trees at Eastern

boundary

Phase 2

Education and Events Space located in South Churchyard

Choir Vestry relocated into South Churchyard

Exhibition established within existing Choir Vestry

vertical circulation

connecting street level

with the Nave, event

space and Choir vestry

access to Strong Room

made part of the

Exhibition route


New opening within North Aisle requires

comprehensive impact assessment









Phase 3

Internal link from South Churchyard building to the Hogarth on

the North side of the Church

Level 0 - Redcliffe Way


flexible Events Space

with level access to

South Churchyard

Increased Choir Vestry

provision





generous circulation

allowing views to the

Church








Vestry given presence

within the Church

Level 2

vestry support space


access from podium level

into Church increases

opportunity for activities

at an elevated level from

the street

Welcome

Café

Retail

Vestry

Choir Vestry

Exhibition

Hogarth

Meeting/

Venue

Education

WCs

Competition/Brief

Area

Option 3

Area

N/A

35m 2

210m 2

120m 2

56m 2

45m 2

55m 2

35m 2

173m 2

230m 2

200m 2

160m 2 (+Church)

N/A

180m 2

240m 2

160m 2

240m 2

80m 2

95m 2 111m 2

Level 1 - Nave and South Churchyard


Left: An Intial Massing Study to Assess Visual Impact

Below: Precedent Images to Explore Spatial Character and Materiality


PHASE ONE

Decant Building

2.43m

These options explore the viability of placing a temporary

pavilion on the North side of the Church

IN THE INTERIM, A TEMPORARY BUILDING?

Given This will the enable timescales the testing associated of ideas, retail with securing both suffi cient funds and the necessary development

consents, opportunities, the pop-up Options restaurants, Appraisal events also and considers also a potential Phase 0 Temporary Building on the north-side

to provide an immediate a ‘meanwhile’ space solution for the expanding to St Mary Redcliffe’s priority needs including:

Sunday School

• Enhanced Welcome, Catering, and Exhibition Space

These options utilise a standard shipping container

module, however the principle could be applied to a

• Accessible WCs

portakabin system or similar

6.06m










• Increased Storage

Possible Layout - individual units

entrance route

church backdrop

views of the church

services route

services route

entrance route

entrance route

views from street

views from street

views from street


2.43m

CHALLENGES

6.06m

Following review by the Project 450 Board in June 2018, it has been concluded that a Temporary Building

is challenging for the following reasons:

1. Unclear consents requirements, due to uncertain period of use








2. Need for archaeological investigations and mitigation in advance of services connections, etc

3. Recognition that, as the fi rst element of P450, quality, siting and appropriateness are critical and

suffi cient sensitivity will be diffi cult to demonstrate with a standard modularised system

Possible Layout - linked units

4. Due to item 3, bespoke material fi nishes and landscape treatment will be required, potentially making

costs prohibitive

5. Costs incurred in temporary structure(s) will therefore be in addition to P450 capital costs and,

potentially, a distraction from the project’s primary aims

services route

entrance route

Individual Units

Active Street Edge

views of the church

entrance route

views from street

views from street

Location Option 3

Whilst having a presence along Redcliffe Way, this options also looks to

activate Pump Lane and draw people in from along this route

This option has less impact on the North elevation of the Church and

retains impressive views of the Church from the external seating area

This increased distance from the undercroft would make it difficult for

it to be utilised for support but in this location it could be possible for

it to stay in operation, undisturbed by the phasing of the main works

Roof Top Seating beneath the Church

An ‘attraction’ - Shot Tower Viewing Platform?

Making a Unique mark - cladding options

Clifton Tolls Temporary Visitors Centre


17.0 NEXT STEPS

As noted in the Introduction, this Options Appraisal represents exactly two years of intense

interrogation and close consultation with the staff, community, and congregation of St Mary

Redcliffe

The resulting options are unavoidably high-level and, since the Architectural Competition

required submissions to RIBA Stage 2, arguably represent an overall step-back

However, in returning to fi rst principles, we are reassured that the options are:

• Founded on a more-detailed understanding of the needs and opportunities of St Mary

Redcliffe

• Informed by the priorities of the church’s multiple user-groups

• Based on a reasoned and reduced spatial brief that offers a route towards more modest and

proportionate architectural interventions within the curtilage of St Mary Redcliffe

To explore these outcomes further, and subject to Project Board approval, it is proposed to

undertake the following:

RIBA 1 FEASIBILITY STUDY

The development of the currently emerging options to further test them against the project brief

and identify a preferred RIBA 1 Scheme to enable:

1. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Strategic co-consultant inputs, including Structures, Mechanical & Electrical Performance,

Landscape, and Cost-Consultancy

2. HOGARTH

A more detailed assessment of the physical and curatorial implications of the Hogarth’s inclusion

3. COST CONTROL

The development of an Outline Cost Plan to inform fundraising targets

4. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

Further consultation with key stakeholders, including the DAC, Historic England, Church

Buildings Council, Bristol City Council, the Canynges Society, Church Lands Trust, etc to share

these new ideas and seek feedback prior to the commencement of subsequent work-stages

5. PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Further engagement with Congregation and Community of St Mary Redcliffe to ensure ongoing

dialogue, increased ownership and project support

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