We are excited to let you know that LDN Architects (Architect C!) has been chosen following the outcome of the Architects’ presentation day on 29 May 2019.
LDN Architects was one of the most popular design teams, from the survey feedback, and clearly favoured by Church members with more of you placing LDN number 1 than any other Architect. They were particularly liked for their proposed layout but also for the flexibility of their approach. Board members on the evaluation panel also consistently ranked LDN Architects highly and members of the Technical Advisory panel, including Historic England and the Diocesan Buildings Advisor, could see how LDN’s scheme would work ‘with’ rather than ‘over’ the church building. Their design report and costings were detailed and realistic, giving us reassurance of their fit with St Michael le Belfrey.
We know that many of you spent considerable time praying and studying the designs at the Public Exhibition, giving valuable feedback which helped the Evaluation panel make a confident and informed decision. Thank you so much for the support you have given in this first stage.
A press release will go out from RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) on Monday 10 June to announce the winner of the competition.
So now we move onto Stage 2: Concept Design. The focus of the Design Competition was to help us select the right Architect. An introductory meeting with LDN is planned this month when we can feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their design ideas; share what was liked about the other teams’ ideas for them to take into account; and start to set expectations of what is required from each other. A contract will be drawn up with LDN Architects and their supporting team of consultants in these next few weeks.
We are keen to have your involvement again, later this year, as we present more worked up Concept Designs for you to consider and comment upon. So do please continue to pray for Stage 2 of the Concept Design. Please pray that we establish a good working relationship with LDN Architects; for wisdom in the range of activities to be completed over the next few months and that, as a Board, we would keep looking to the Church’s mission and vision to ensure the project stays on track.
We will continue to keep you updated but as always please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org