Parmarbrook worked alongside Osborne, van Heyningen and Haward Architects and Southwark Council to develop a new church building at the heart of the £1.5bn Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme.

Crossway Church was originally built in the 1970s on New Kent Road, however due to the Elephant and Castle Regeneration it has been demolished and relocated next to the Strata Tower.

The United Reformed Church’s vision for the new church was for a durable and accessible building which offers a warm welcome and allows great flexibility in use with multiple spaces.

Construction works commenced in December 2015 and consisted of 22m deep concrete piled foundations and a reinforced concrete frame with four variations of brickwork cladding and copper projections. To ensure high acoustic absorption, the walls were built with 10 inches of concrete, a six inch cavity, ended with brickwork and double and triple window glazing.

Throughout the construction works, the team ensured the substation within the site boundaries remained operational as it fed energy to neighbouring residences, businesses and the Strata Tower.


Client: Osborne (Design & Build) / Southwark Council
Architect: Van Heyningen and Haward Architects (image credit)
Value: £5m