Charming Grade II* listed parish church, located in the centre of the village, around which the local community sets out its active and vibrant social life. There was insufficient space in the church to accommodate all of the events planned by community as well as the growing need to make it both accessible for disabled parishioners and attractive to a younger generation. For that reason the villagers sought an architectural solution.
The proposed architectural solution is an extension that measures only 45 sq.m. and was composed around 12th Century doorway; the tribute and evidence of church’s past developments. The doorway also connects the main body of the church with the extension. The addition is a single-storey space build in the south section of the churchyard. The extension provides a good size meeting room with a kitchenette, and a lobby leading to the church and to the two toilets. One of the toilets was designed to be disabled friendly; achieving a full DDA compliance.
The extension to St. Agatha’s Church in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell (Oxfordshire) was featured in ‘Churches for Communities: Adapting Oxfordshire’s Churches for Wider Use’ 01/02/2014 by Becky Payne & ’Church building & heritage review’ magazine 09/10 2013, 11/12 2013 issues.