FCBStudios have submitted Planning, Listed Building Consent, and Faculty applications for an innovative church reuse pilot project at St.Michael’s Dulas in Herefordshire.
The project is being run in partnership with the Church of England and the Diocese of Hereford with a view to develop low energy and low impact temporary uses for underused or empty churches across the UK. A lightweight and reversible timber pod will house a one bedroom spiritual retreat in the heart of the beautiful Herefordshire country side, generating income to sustain the conservative repair of the church and break the cycle of funding deficit that can distract the Church of England from their primary mission.
The project has been supported by a development phase grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with a round 2 application due for submission in summer 2017.
You might also be interested to read 'Virtuous Circles' by architects Fergus Connolly and Charlie Wellingham, who explain how a light-touch eco-pod can unlock a healthy future for redundant listed churches and their communities.