Religious Society of Friends
Design of New Meeting House and HQ for Stockport Quakers
We were appointed as lead architects in the design and delivery of a brand new Meeting House for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Stockport.
The new building has been designed by BTP to provide a modern and sustainable centre to the Quakers and local community groups, a project that took 10 months from start to completion.
Located in Longshut Lane area of Stockport, the previous meeting house was a considerably old, prefabricated structure that was hidden from the road, inaccessible, damp and drafty and in urgent need of renovation. A decision was therefore made to demolish the building. In Feb 2012 BTP had their first meeting with the Quakers to discuss the possibility of constructing a purpose built meeting house on the same site fit for the modern day needs of the organisation. Two years later following design meetings and fund raising by the Quakers construction began.
BTP’s design objective was to create a building that was a focal point for the area, ensuring it was clearly visible from the road and incorporating the Quaker’s vision of a meeting house, which is primarily a welcoming place of worship, but which is also available for a wide variety of community groups to hire.
The new centre comprises two meeting rooms and a kitchen as well as a Friends room with a library. It has been designed by BTP to be sustainable and carbon neutral, both in the design and materials used and as such has achieved an A rating in energy efficiency. Visitors to the meeting house can now enjoy improved landscaping and parking facilities.
We have worked hand in hand with BTP Architects from the initial idea right through to the final construction until we opened the doors to our new Stockport Meeting House. They understood our vision from the very first discussion, keeping us fully informed throughout the construction. We are thrilled with our new building.
Gill Armitage, Clerk of Trustees of East Cheshire