Working closely with a dynamic client body at Guildford Baptist Church, Re-Format has completed the second, and, arguably, the most important phase of work to realise the transformation of inclusive worship and community facilities known as the Millmead Centre, which is located next to the River Wey in the heart of Guildford’s historic centre and conservation area. The original Church was opened in 1972, comprising a 500 seat auditorium, meeting rooms, offices, a games hall, and coffee bars.
After 40 years, not only were the centre’s facilities in need of a radical update, but the original brick and concrete structure was also in need of major repair and upgrade of heating and electrical services.
The current phase has brought about the most dramatic transformation, re-imaging the entire form and appearance of the building within its context. Re-cladding of the entire building envelope, which has been re-modelled with the addition of a new area at second floor, the addition of the new stairs and lift, and extensive refurbishment of the remaining areas, has brought a new suite of administration and pastoral offices, a new youth ‘hub’, and the prodigious new chapel space.
“Re-Format have a remarkable ability, among the many other talents that they possess, of recycling tired, worn-out buildings. Ours is one of them, and what Re-Format have come up with in terms of a re-imagination of space, use and aesthetics is nothing short of miraculous.”
“The more I look at the spaces that have been created, the more appreciative I am of Re-Format, and your skills in particular, both at design and at communication. It struck me yesterday Neil that you have a real gift for making complex things easy to understand. Looking forward to seeing the chapel space come to completion.”
— Rev Dr Ian Stackhouse, Senior Minister, Guildford Baptist Church
Guildford Design Awards 2015 — Commendation