New Life Christian Fellowship Church, Lincoln
The New Life Christian Fellowship in Lincoln had been at its current premises on Newland since 1982. The grade II* listed church and the grade II listed meeting house were used for many activities throughout the week by the rapidly growing Fellowship. The only space left for expansion on a very tight site was the courtyard between the church and meeting house.
The design utilises this current neglected thoroughfare, transforming the space into the main focal point of the area. It acts as a breakout space for the surrounding activities.
The built scheme consists of a PTFE Texlon transparent roof supported by glulam beams spanning the courtyard, and a curved sinuous ramp which softly connects the existing changes in level creating lower and upper courtyard spaces. The lower courtyard has been surfaced with York stone paving, and the upper levels with timber decking. There are track lights at high level, while the existing courtyard walls remain in the original fair-faced brickwork, and stonework. Together, these elements give the courtyard a very interesting indoor/outdoor ambience.
The project has been a great success, adding to the lunch-time venues available in Lincoln, and providing the church members with a 21st century meeting place.