Hudson Architect gets planning permission for worhip hall and community centre in Chelmsford

Hudson Architects has received planning permission for a worship hall and community centre for The Salvation Army in Chelmsford. The building replaces the Salvation Army’s premises on Baddow Road in of Chelmsford.

The building will reflect the modern approach of the Salvation Army, which extends beyond traditional Sunday worship to include a growing community outreach programme, requiring a range of spaces.

The 888 m2 building is two-storey, respecting the scale of the neighbouring residential terraces.

It is cloaked in a metal undulating roof, which sweeps down and anchors itself on the north and south elevations and rises on the south elevation into a landmark slim tall tower - a contemporary interpretation of the traditional church steeple.

The development has a 360 m2 courtyard space, allowing for future expansion of the centre’s facilities.

Inside the building contains worship areas, community uses, public areas and administration. The cafe is located in the foyer and is prominent from the street.