St Anselm's Church, Kennington, London SE11.
St Anselm’s Church is a Grade 2 Listed structure that lies in a prominent position at Kennington Cross in SE London.
Although being an impressive space and home to a sizeable congregation, the church has never been well suited to worship or other uses being too big, very expensive to heat and light and having poor acoustics.
There was a very urgent need to provide cradle to employment opportunities in the area, and so the Pathways @ St Anselms project was born to make use of the existing building and site to reach out into the community.
The project provides for a nursery school on the site, dedicated classrooms for a charity running after school education support for youngsters, space for start up work units with linked accommodation to provide a stable environment targeted at ex-offenders.
New community meetings rooms, a new community hall space and Parish facilities complete the scheme.
The project introduces a first floor into the existing nave to create a better proportioned and manageable worship space. A new training restaurant sits at ground floor level. A new building is proposed behind the church, replacing a 1960’s block of flats, and this houses the community hall, new meeting rooms and classrooms plus the linked accommodation. The nursery school is sited on the ground floor of the old mission church on the site and the start up work units on its first floor and fronting the mews street at the back of the site.
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