St Thomas Centre

PROJECTS / Housing

We were appointed to convert a Grade II listed church, located in the central Winchester Conservation Area, into nine apartments.

The deconsecrated church, known as the St Thomas Centre, was originally converted to its current use as office and storage accommodation in the 1970s. The new proposals bring about a complete change of use that celebrates the existing spaces and volumes while restoring the original building fabric and removing unsympathetic 1970’s additions.

The apartments are conceived as structurally independent pod-like insertions placed within the church. These insertions contrast with the historic fabric of the building creating unique living spaces while remaining respectful of the listed structure.

The apartments are accessed through a series of existing ground floor doorways and a large atrium which also reveals the full height of the church while providing light and ventilation. Living spaces on the upper levels are accessed from a central perforated copper-clad spiraling staircase and glazed bridge links across the atrium.

Location Winchester
Client Hampshire County Council
Value £2m
Size 1000m2
Completion Planning 2014
Service Full Architectural
Sector Housing


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