21st Century Church Specifies Adaptable Space
St Rollox church of Glasgow recently moved into a brand new, £2.5m community hub, with vibrant design and space flexibility at its heart.
Partitioning experts Style was specified to install two semi-automatic moveable walls, allowing the main worship area to be opened out for large services or to be divided for smaller gatherings. The Activity Space can be subdivided to host different events including education and craft classes, exhibitions and concerts.
Complementing the exciting interior décor, one moveable wall is double-glazed to maximise natural daylight whilst the other celebrates life, bringing sunshine into the space with brightly coloured solid panels. Both walls feature pass-doors, giving good accessibility between divided areas. Thanks to the semi-automatic operation of the moveable walls, privacy between divided areas is second to none.
In 2014, St Rollox church was given a compulsory purchase order because it stood in the way of a new road into Glasgow City Council’s Sighthill regeneration area, forcing the congregation to move out of its old building. Symbolising the ‘rebirth’ of Sighthill, the St Rollox community hub church is a versatile, multi-purpose space that benefits from underfloor heating, solar panels, AV equipment as well as the moveable partitioning walls.
Style worked closely with architects, Angus Design Associates, and contractor, Project Management & Construction, to help create a facility that is the heart of a new and growing community.
“The combination of the acoustic, glazed moveable wall and the colourful solid moveable wall are perfect for bringing light and a sense of happiness to this innovative development,” said David Louden, Style’s director for Scotland.
“Thanks to their semi-automatic operation, the acoustic seals on both walls are always set at the correct compression which also reduces the chance of damage whilst ensuring acoustic integrity.
“The end result delivered adaptability, privacy, light and colour - perfect qualities for a modern, outward-looking church.”
Style is the UK’s leading moveable wall specialist, delivering quality and innovation to some of the most high-profile projects, working across multiple market sectors from corporate, education and hospitality through to local authority, religion and health.