OneStonegrove wins best civic project architecture award
The home of St Peter’s church in Edgware, OneStonegrove, was recently awarded ‘best civic project’ at the inaugural Delivering for Barnet Architecture Awards.
The judges praised the way the design “promoted community cohesion and interaction though a good use of space with many community activities taking place under one roof.” This complements the centre’s recognition as runner-up in the Presidents’ Award for new church architecture by The Duke of Gloucester at the 2016 Church Architecture Awards as well as appreciation by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, THE CIVIC TRUST and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The building was designed by Sprunt Architects and was dedicated in July 2016 by the Bishop of Edmonton. OneStonegrove has allowed community work at St Peter’s to go from strength to strength and has provided opportunities for new ventures like Art from the Heart, a free community art course led by a member of the church, Stonegrove Sewing Circle, free guitar tuition with international guitarist Hamad Baily, a creative writing course and regular community bingo as well as a packed calendar of fitness and health focussed activities in collaboration with the Hive Foundation who manage the centre.
The innovative design of the building means that multiple activities can take place at the same time, for example with Messy Church in one hall, community bingo in another, pizza making in the café, and a community free school in another room.
Architect Rob Sprunt commented on the way the award highlights, “the Inspirational collaborative effort which symbolised the whole community coming together”. Trustee Gil Limour said “The award recognises the way in which the joint vision of community and church has come together with architecture and design to create OneStonegrove: a unique communal hub that succeeds as a civic project on so many different levels”.
The Revd Simon Rea, Pioneering Minister at St Peter’s, who has lived on the Stonegrove Estate for nine years and has supported St Peter’s and the wider community through the estate’s regeneration, said:
“The successful design of OneStonegrove/St Peter’s Church demonstrates how a church initiative to draw together resources has helped make a single joint building which is so much greater than the sum of the parts for the benefit of the whole community.”
The Rt Revd Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton said:
“The latest accolade for OneStonegrove recognises the fantastic partnership between St Peter’s Church, Barnet Council, Barratt, the local residents and many others. God’s love, and God’s deep desire for the flourishing of the whole community is clear to see in the fantastic work that takes place here. The community here at OneStonegrove have already achieved so much in their first year, I am very excited to see what the future holds for them all.”
The Delivering for Barnet Architecture Awards aim to celebrate and promote well-designed buildings and open spaces that enhance the quality of life of Barnet’s residents.
St Peter’s is a focal point for the community of Stonegrove, as the estate – once 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 has been an important part of community life since the previous building was built in 1962, with initiatives such as the Stonegrove Estates Youth Project running at St Peter’s with considerable parish involvement. However, even before the old church was built, local Christians had been meeting here, first in their homes, then in the old Edgware School and then in an old Community Centre building.
More information about OneStonegrove can be found on its website.
Image credit: Gilead Limour