New St Peter’s Stonegrove church building runner-up in Church Architecture Awards
The new building that houses St Peter’s church in Edgware, OneStonegrove, has been named runner-up for the National Churches Trust Presidents’ Award by The Duke of Gloucester at the 2016 Church Architecture Awards. Judges highlighted the ‘confident and bold design’ of the joint community and church centre at the heart of a regenerated estate, ‘with its extraordinary position … [which] shows how a modern church building can anchor a community’.
The building was designed by Sprunt Architects and was dedicated in July this year by the Bishop of Edmonton. It has allowed community work at St Peter’s to go from strength to strength with a packed calendar of community groups and events including a recent Light Party for local families held as a positive alternative to Halloween.
St Peter’s is a focal point for the community of Stonegrove, as the estate – one of the most deprived in London – has been regenerated by Barnet Council and Barratt Homes from 60s and 70s tower blocks and maisonettes into new housing. The Christian presence and community centre has been an important part of community life since the previous church was built in 1962, with initiatives such as the Stonegrove Estates Youth Project and SureStart running at St Peter’s with considerable parish involvement. However, even before the old church, local Christians had been meeting here; first in their homes, then in Edgware School and then in the old Community Centre building.
The Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Rob Wickham, commented:
“Stonegrove is a very exciting example of creative partnership. The Church is committed to serving the whole community, and in working with Barnet Council, Barratt Homes, Sprunt Architects, and most importantly the local community, we have created a vision for liveability, where people and place can flourish for the good of all.”
The Revd Simon Rea, Pioneering Minister at St Peter’s, who has lived on the Stonegrove Estate for eight years and has supported St Peter’s and the wider community through the estate’s regeneration, attended the ceremony at St Mellitus College in West London. He commented;
“We thank God for the recognition of the way St Peter’s has worked with the local community to build ‘something more’ than the two separate facilities work originally planned in the regeneration and we pray that we can continue to do our part in building God’s kingdom here.”
OneStonegrove is run by the Stonegrove Community Trust in partnership with St Peter’s. Dan Goodman, Chair of the Trust said:
“I’m delighted at the recognition given to our fantastic joint building – it clearly shows how community representatives and the church can work together with other stakeholders and architects to make a real difference in the lives of local residents for the common good.”
More information about the Stonegrove Community Trust and OneStonegrove can be found at sct.london.
More information about the 2016 Church Architecture Awards can be found on the National Churches Trust website.