Wellpark Church
Re-use of the fabric of a church
housing

Wellpark Church
Greenock


Status
Completed March 2002


Client
Cloch Housing Association


Contract
Value 850k


The Wellpark Church, built around the 1850s, formerly occupied the site but due to its deteriorating condition needed to be demolished. The church had lain empty since the early 70s. We have salvaged elements of the church architecture and incorporated them into the new structure to retain the presence of the church, which had become a landmark for the surrounding area. The stone surrounds to the church windows form the new window openings while the various skew stones create a jagged roof line with varying pitches. The access to the closes uses the arched doorways as entrances within a glazed frontage. All these elements give this modest sized scheme a strong identity within the area.

The site itself, on a hill overlooking Greenock, allows good views towards the north and the River Clyde. In order to exploit this and because the street runs perpendicular to the river the flats have adopted a staggered plan form with glazed corners to the living rooms allowing each flat in the development to benefit from these views. As a result of this stepped arrangement suntraps are created to the rear of the flats where the kitchen/dining areas are situated.