Our Lady of Lourdes, Hungerford

  • Our Lady of Lourdes

  • Our Lady of Lourdes

  • Our Lady of Lourdes

  • Our Lady of Lourdes external

The creation of an outstanding new church, blending aesthetical beauty with both spatial awareness and liturgical requirements.


Working alongside JBKS Architects (Mission Design Studio) we succeeded in realising the vision for a new single storey church on behalf of the Portsmouth Catholic Diocese.

The new building emerges from the ground in a mix of both traditional masonry brickwork and modern glulam timber frame, all of which is supported from a piled foundation solution.

The lofty roof structure supports a clay tiled roof which in turn maximises an internal floor area of some 460m².

Throughout the construction phase materials were sourced sensitively with the vast requirement for timber on the project obtained from managed, sustainable woodlands.

The project was shortlisted for the 2015 President’s Award for new church architecture.

Challenges and solutions

  • Working with the diocese we were able to assist them in planning their finances for the project, initially by providing them with an outline cost plan for the scheme to establish its affordability and then subsequently by providing them with a cash flow forecast of expenditure during the project life, allowing them to understand at what point they would need to release monies
  • In order to achieve what was a technically challenging design, we involved a number of our specialist co-contractors early in the process to work alongside the existing design team. An example of this was the relationship established between our roofing contractor and the architect, whereby their input enabled us to achieve the architects vision of conical domes
  • To assist the diocese to visualise the project we worked with the design team to create a 3D model of the project which in turn was then put on display for the congregations perusal
  • To ensure that the building functioned as a whole we liaised directly with the diocese to assist them to procure various pieces of furniture. This included items such as the font, for which we sourced a specialist stone mason who worked directly with the diocese and the architect to interpret their requirements




Contract value

£1.1 million


JBKS Architects

Quantity Surveyor

Currie & Brown

Contract duration

57 weeks

Form of contract

JCT Standard with Quantities

Procurement Method

Single Stage

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