Eco-redevelopment for city-centre church: CB1

Eco-redevelopment for city-centre church: CB1

Thu 14 Oct 2021, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Breaking from the usual tradition of home tours, this tour focused on a city centre church in Cambridge. It was a fascinating tour, particularly useful for those thinking about redeveloping community buildings as well as the benefits and challenges of working with a group to take opportunities and reach a consensus.

Meet your host, Margaret: Margaret hosted an online tour of Downing Place United Reformed Church (URC) this autumn. Built in 1891, the eco-redevelopment of Downing Place Church was completed earlier this year as a result of a merge of two churches in Cambridge.

The church and halls now have a range of eco-features including solar panels, secondary glazing for the stained-glass windows, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in the smaller rooms and more. This is is a rare and exciting opportunity to tour one of only a few eco-redevelopments of a church in the UK.

Margaret says: “As a result of this project, ‘sustainability’ has now been welcomed by the congregation – the contractor is now also interested in further eco-retrofit training. We are seeing changes to lifestyles and greater eco-awareness of the whole congregation and wider public as a result of the work.” 

Key features of this home:

  • Ceiling, roof and internal wall insulation.
  • Double glazing with secondary glazing on stained-glass windows.
  • External solar screens on rooflights.
  • MVHR to smaller rooms.
  • 5kW solar PV.
  • Rainwater harvesting for garden.
  • Low-embodied carbon materials: Lime plaster, reused timbers in roof, reused wood parquet floor, Warmcel insulation.

Download the full case study here

Slides from the tour

Video of the tour

See the full programme of tours and talks here.


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