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Architype to construct UK’s first new build Passivhaus church
Christ Church Central has approved the planning application submitted by Architype to build the UK’s first new build Passivhaus church building in Sheffield.
The £3 million ($4.7 million) Passivhaus church in Sheffield will span 1,114 square metres. The three-storey building will feature entrance spaces and a café on the ground floor, a worship area for up to 300 people on the first floor, and administration and study areas on the top floor.
The church building will employ mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system, and high standards of insulation to meet Passivhaus standard. The building will be naturally ventilated in the summer with natural daylight provided through large high level openings on the south facing façade.
The church building will also employ natural materials, conforming to the building’s industrial context. As per design plans, reclaimed Sheffield bricks would be used at ground floor level alongside a screen of sandblasted Reglit glass wrapping around the first floor. The second floor is clad in vertical timber boards set behind metal fins.
The façade to the building has been designed to offer views of the street. The building is designed to create a defined entrance using the fall of Fitzwilliam Street to create access.
Architype were commissioned in 2011 to carry out a feasibility study for a new building to replace the existing headquarters of Christ Church Central.
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