St Thomas’ Redevelopment
Phase 1 of the re-development of St Thomas’ Church was completed in 2010 and involved underfloor heating, removal of the pews and replacing them with attractive wooden chairs, new lighting and a tea and coffee point made by reusing some of the reclaimed wood from the choir stalls.
Phase 2 started on 1st December 2014 and involved: a brick and glass screen in the chancel arch with decorative glass artwork, the construction of upper and lower halls in the chancel space with lift access, a new side chapel, a catering kitchen, more toilets, a full immersion baptistery and a fit-for-purpose new audio-visual system. The lower hall will have the potential to become a community cafe. The external areas will be fully landscaped providing a community garden, new pathways, garden areas, a memorial garden, lighting and cycle storage
Decorative glass artwork
We worked with Sarah Galloway, one of the UK’s leading architectural glass artists. She creates contemporary artwork which draws on the uniqueness of the local context. There were extensive consultations within both church and community as well as hands on practical workshops to develop the glass artwork that has taken pride of place in St Thomas' chancel arch.
Open again for worship
Doors opened again for worship on September 6th and we held a service of celebration on September 27th with the Rt Revd. Christopher Chessun, the Bishop of Southwark for the formal re-openng.