Author: CHB

Inuce completes pink pebbledash church hall in Fuzhou

A pastel-pink church hall has been added to the 1930s-built Huaxiang Church in Fuzhou, southeastern China, featuring rooftop amphitheatres that offer open-air services.  Architecture studio Inuce, which has offices in China and Switzerland, designed the church hall and community centre to accommodate the growing number of Christians in the local area, who no longer fitted inside the 80-year-old church. The new building contains a large hall with a capacity of 1,500, along with two multifunctional spaces that can each hold around 500 people.  The rest of the building contains music rehearsal rooms for the choir, offices, classrooms for the Sunday school and...

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Plymouth’s famous lido in major upgrade bid

Jubilee Pool Penzance, a triangular lido built in 1935, could be transformed into the UK’s largest heated seawater pool, by London-based Scott Whitby Studio  Scott Whitby Studio has won planning permission to upgrade the art-deco pool, which was built in the Cornish town to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. The project will see the facility converted into a year-round tourist attraction, featuring a heated outdoor swimming pool, an enlarged cafe and bar, and a new community hall. Architect Alex Scott Whitby said the ambition was to inject new life into an “important and much-loved listed building”.  “We hope these...

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Gwernesney church re-opens after urgent repairs

The Friends of Friendless Churches has announced that, following urgent repairs, St Michael and Angels, Gwernesney, Monmouthshire is now open for visitors. Gwernesney (‘Gwernesni’) means the ‘parish of the alders’, after the alder trees (‘gwern’) that once grew nearby in abundance.  This diminutive Grade I listed church dates from the 13th century, and is said to house the oldest bells in Monmouthshire. St Michael’s is constructed in Old Red Sandstone rubble and surviving features – such as window reveals and arches – place the origins of this building in the late 13th – early 14th century.   The church was rebuilt...

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Historic bridge gets roof makeover from Midland Lead

Midland Lead is no stranger to working on heritage projects, as demonstrated by the company’s specialism in sandcast lead. But it’s not always sandcast lead that is specified for these types of installations, a recent example is a project that involves a stately home which used Midland Lead product for some all-important detail work. North Yorkshire-based Scampston Hall is not only a striking stately home but its grounds, carefully designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 1782, are why the hall and parkland have numerous visitors a year. Comprising several lakes and a naturalistic style where the landscape is uninterrupted...

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Boxpark bid to revive Brighton beachfront

Brighton based retail and leisure development specialists Boxpark have revealed plans to revive Brighton’s iconic Madeira Terrace into an internationally renowned retail-and-leisure-as-entertainment destination. Plans have been submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council and demonstrate Boxpark’s desire to secure a 12 month exclusivity period to explore design, funding and management opportunities for the regeneration project which will see the area become an international class beachfront development. The project aims to revive the crumbling Victorian arches, and create a world class retail and leisure development, incorporating a new premium hotel operator. The development would see the arches augmented with a new...

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