Emmanuel Church

West Hampstead, London

The usability of Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead had been compromised by an uneven and broken floor caused by London clay heave beneath it, and by an inappropriately designed and insufficiently sized community use room inserted at the rear of one of its aisles.

Donald Insall Associates is the Inspecting Architect for the church, and has provided quinquennial reports and smaller repair projects for the building since 2007. For these works we applied for DAC Faculty approval, installed a new structural floor and designed four new meeting rooms for use by the parish and wider community within the existing aisles, in the underused space wherein the previous meeting room had been located. These interventions, together with improved level access, new kitchen and WC facilities and new underfloor heating, aim to improve the usability of the building for the congregation and local community in the future whilst also addressing the issues causing undulations to the timber floor.