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Architype submits first UK Passivhaus church for planning

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Practice plans to replace 1960s church in Sheffield with sustainable alternative

Architype has submitted plans for a Passivhaus church in Sheffield, the first building of its kind in the UK.

Christ Church Central appointed Architype in July last year to design a replacement for its existing property Egerton Hall, increasing the size of the building from 236sq m to 1114sq m.

The church will replace the existing 1960s building and seat 300 people in the main hall, almost doubling its capacity and providing additional community facilities.

A simple block design has been shaped to fit the site boundary and carved into to great ground floor entrance spaces, terraces at the upper levels and to allow daylight in from the southern facade.

Street-facing facades have large openings to encourage views in and out. The building meets the pavement but creates a sheltered entrance beneath a projecting first floor.

Architype associate James Todd said: “As the design has been developed, our client has continually challenged us with their vision that the church should be defined by the people and activities inside, and how these relate out to the wider community.

“The energy efficient Passivhaus design strategy developed by our in-house team, combined with a rigorous approach to selecting low embodied energy and renewable materials, sets a new environmental benchmark for church design in the UK.”  

The Passivahus standard will be met using a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system, natural ventilation and high standards of insulation. 

Christ Church Central’s brief stated: “The building will be a statement of identity – saying who we are and what we stand for. This building should not be a proud, egotistical icon but a simple, humble and practical building serving God and His people.

“It needs to stand the test of time for generations to come, as fashions come and go. It may use a blend of contemporary and traditional techniques, both reflecting the past and looking forward to an exciting future.”

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  • What a poor response! Very poor in so many aspects.

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  • Beavis

    I understand, passiv and all that, but at least make it look like a church

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  • Nathan Oliver

    That's precisely the point, it's not meant to look like a church. People have a lot of negative stigma attached to churches. Generally from my experience traditional churches do not relate to people, do not make them relax and and do not make them feel at ease.

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  • Another example if it were needed that "passivhaus" does not have an "aesthetic" of its own. Good for that reason alone.

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  • zecks_marquise

    this is is great example of a sustainable warehouse!... oh wait a minute...

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