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Location: Edinburgh

Value: Undisclosed

Project Duration: 18 Months

Designer: LDN Architects

Project Brief and Description

This  project involved moving the existing masonry arch feature opening from the east gable of the existing upper terrace church hall to the west elevation which faces Lothian Road to provide an easier and more prominent entrance to the hall. The church hall received a new extension to the east elevation with panoramic glazing with views over the adjacent church yards and Princes Street Gardens. The existing internal church hall received a new mezzanine level formed from concrete on floor decking on structural steel to provide additional meeting and office space. At upper terrace level the extension provides a flexible meeting spaces, a kitchen servery and service lift which links to the new café kitchen in the lower terrace.

At lower terrace level the works comprised alteration works to the lower terrace and lower basement areas to form improved retail, café, toilets and ancillary areas. This involved the installation of a new stair and lift to provide an accessible link between all three levels of the development.

St John’s Church occupies a prominent location on the corner of Princess Street and Lothian Road two major road arteries in Edinburgh city centre. The location of the church and topography of the church grounds presented significant logistical challenges to our site management team with regards to the manoeuvring of construction materials on to and off site. By ensuring that all deliveries and uplifts were planned and consulting regularly with the City of Edinburgh Roads Department we managed to successfully coordinate the logistical challenges with no traffic or pedestrian issues.

Another major consideration was the requirement to ensure that the church could continue to function during the construction period. Our management team liaised regularly with the church liaison throughout the contract and managed to complete the project without causing any disruption to the church operations.

The project was successfully completed on time and budget and was well received by the church, the congregation and third-party users.

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