TEAM’S CRISP DESIGN STRATEGY AND APPROACH TO MATERIALS SECURES COMMISSION FOR LANDMARK BRISTOL CHURCH
We are delighted to announce that Purcell has won the St Mary Redcliffe Design Competition.
The Competition attracted a strong response and the other four award-winning finalists included leading UK practices:
Eric Parry Architects
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
The Reverend Dan Tyndall, Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe, said:
The Jury was very impressed by the finalists’ presentations, their enthusiasm and good ideas, but ultimately, Purcell demonstrated the deepest understanding of the site and context and the
opportunity at St Mary Redcliffe.
We found their scheme to be crisp, integrated and compelling. A particular strength was the dispersal of accommodation across three locations, helping to tie the disparate northern and southernparts of Redcliffe together.
David Hamilton, Director of Projects for competition organisers, Malcolm Reading Consultants, said:
We were all impressed by the quality of work that each shortlisted finalist presented to the Jury. But Purcell demonstrated that they were the best team to guide the church through the development ofthe design and delivery of the project.
Dan Talkes, Senior Architect at Purcell, said:
Purcell is delighted to work with St Mary Redcliffe. For the church, this project represents a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to repair the fault lines that exist in Redcliffe’s urban fabric and, in doing so, toposition the church at the physical, spiritual and social heart of the city.
Our proposal, generated from a ‘stitch’ of interconnected buildings, re-establishes the church’s medieval enclosure and creates a new, permeable edge to the church grounds that will improve public access.
Fifty-three practices entered the competition and of these international studios accounted for nearly twenty per cent. The competition jury included journalist, broadcaster and author Simon Jenkins; Bristol-based contemporary artist Luke Jerram, who was responsible for the Park and Slide installation which turned Bristol’s Park Street into a giant water slide; and Vicky Smith, the new city design manager for Bristol. They were joined by Church Buildings Council members Jill Channer and Dr Hilary Taylor, along with representatives from the church, including Rev Tyndall.
Purcell will now work with the church in developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery later this year.