Osborne Complete Work on London Community Church
Osborne has recently handed over the new build Crossway United Reform Church for the London Borough of Southwark.
The Church will provide a main worship area with separate meeting and activity rooms for use by the local community. Crossway Church was originally built in the 1970s on New Kent Road, however due to the Elephant and Castle Regeneration it has been demolished and relocated next to the Strata Tower.
Osborne stated this work in December 2015 to help their customer, who wanted a modern church that was energy efficient and provided a community space capable of supporting the congregation requirements. They also wanted it to absorb noise from inside the church and from the neighbouring railway tracks of Elephant and Castle station.
The Osborne Construction business worked with the Osborne Infrastructure business and used their existing relationship with Network Rail, which allowed them to reduce programme risk through open and regular communication.
The construction consisted of 22m deep concrete piled foundations and a reinforced concrete frame with four variations of brickwork cladding and copper projections. To ensure high acoustic absorption, the walls were built with 10 inches of concrete, a six inch cavity, ended with brickwork and double and triple window glazing.
Osborne have ensured high energy efficiency, reduced costs and high noise absorption through rooftop air handling units which adjusts airflow and energy to suit the building’s use and capacity.
Additionally, each room has carbon dioxide sensors which scan the room for activity and once empty shut the natural ventilation down.
Throughout the construction works, the team ensured the substation within the site boundaries remained operational as it fed energy to neighbouring residences, businesses and the Strata Tower.
Recently, Osborne celebrated success; as it was awarded a £31m contract to build a new mixed-use scheme next to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery’s Sainsbury wing in London.