Friday, October 02, 2009

Congratulations Deirdre

I discovered this morning Deirdre Waddington, our architect has just received a prestigious RIBA award for her previous Church project.
ICN reports:
Architect Deirdre Waddington has been awarded the prestigious RIBA Downland Prize in the community section for her work at the church of St Francis and St Anthony,(also known as the Friary Church).

Originally completed in 1959 extensive alterations to the church were carried out between 1993 and 1995. Deirdre Waddington’s brief was to remedy defects in the construction; provide access for the disabled; and create a more practical and prayerful interior. Among the resulting alterations were the re-instatement of the East wall; and the formation of a false arch to conceal the line of braced steelwork. The original painted ceiling and patterned flooring were re-instated. Deirdre replanned the sanctuary to provide focus for worshippers, which included the incorporation of the Lady Altar from a church in Woking, which was about to be demolished.

The Downland Prize jury commented: “The re-ordering of the internal space has been sensitively carried out, in a manner that is wholly sympathetic with the original design fifty years ago. The project demonstrates great sensitivity and respect; and has delivered a building which appears to have exceeded client expectations, in an extremely well-mannered, understated way. The original and new elements appear to have been seamlessly joined.”

Friary church in Haslett Avenue West designed originally by Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel’s features on the Crawley Heritage Trail and is constantly visited by members of the public. The church was completed shortly before his death in 1959.

Deirdre said that “everyone worked really well together.” To see pictures of the newly restored Church see:


Discreet Observer said...

Fr Ray,
I took your advice and looked up the website of Crawley Parish to see the restoratation of the Friary Church interior and the first things I saw on the parish website was this caption under the first picture.

"Sining from the same Hymn Sheet."

I must say I am curious about which hymns were being sung that caused the congregation to sin. In the 1970s I once heard a congregation singing a hymn to the tune of 'House of the Rising Sun' (a hit song for the Animals pop group). When I pointed out to the parish priest that this was a song about a house of ill-repute in New Orleans he nearly fainted and this tune was never heard again. Perhaps it is this kind of 'hymn' that is on their sheets?

nickbris said...

We are very fortunate to have such an illustrious architect.

We have a nonagenarian former Eric Gill apprentice here also,all we need now is the 500k to get it all done before most of us pass on.

Bill of L.A. said...

The navigation on the site is a little confusing. Here are the before and after pages of Ms. Waddington's beautiful work.