St David’s Priory was first established in 1808 and is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Swansea. The existing Church Hall has been demolished as part of the Swansea Central development and has been replaced, with the addition of a small commercial unit facing onto a new square.

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Project Details

CLIENT: Swansea City Council
DATE: 2020-2022
STATUS: Completed
SIZE: 336m²

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ACME: Mark Broom, Lizy Huyghe,Friedrich Ludewig, Ioana Pektova, Thomas Soo, Laura Vitzthum

The new Church Hall has been designed with careful consideration of its relationship to the adjacent listed Church. The building footprint wraps around three trees including an existing mature oak, while an articulated roofscape helps break up the massing and keeps the roof line below that of its neighbour.

The roof is clad with traditional slate tiles, and the main facade material is local Blue Pennant stone, with thin format stones & punched window openings forming a contemporary interpretation of the existing Church facade. The copper coloured corrugated metal cladding facing the new square is a nod to Swansea’s historic copper industry and the nearby new Arena.

The main church hall has a large feature window overlooking a new square, with a timber beam ceiling, providing the congregation with a small, intimate and flexible hall to be used alongside the main St. Davids church.

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