St Mary Redcliffe
St Mary Redcliffe is widely known to be the finest example of gothic ecclesiastical architecture in the UK. The church is a nationally important architectural landmark for Bristol, although it's setting has been severely compromised by poor urban and traffic planning in the 1960s. It still retains a large and loyal congregation of worshippers, draws significant tourism and performs an important community role on behalf of the parish and wider city.
The ambitious, new masterplan for St Mary creates a composition of new buildings that are set aside from the historic church within new public spaces but yet allow it to evolve with the increasing needs of its congregation, its visitors and its community. The masterplan is a careful synthesis of historic and contemporary buildings and landscape.
The North Area to the church is redefined as a new public esplanade to improve the church's welcome and connections to the city. New heritage and hospitality functions connect to the church at a crypt level below the esplanade, whilst a new Parish Office building above crowns the new public space brings the working and social functions that support worship all together in one place for the first time.
To the south of St Mary's, a new square is created as an extension of the public realm of the churchyard, marked by a new community building of simple but civic character.
Competition - Runner-up
Client: St Mary Redcliffe
Model photography: Richard Davies
Renders: Forbes Massie