St Martin of Tours, Dalry

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St Martin of Tours, Dalry

B listed Victorian church in the centre of Edinburgh, Lothian – by Lee Boyd Architects

page updated 29 Jul 2017 ; 25 Oct 2014

St Martin of Tours, Dalry

Design: Lee Boyd, architects

Location: 232 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2JG, Scotland

Phone: 0131 337 5471

St Martin of Tours, Dalry, Edinburgh

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photograph : Keith Hunter

St Martin of Tours Episcopal Church is a B listed Victorian church in the centre of Edinburgh. The church building, like many from the 19th Century, is struggling to provide the congregation and community with accommodation that meets contemporary expectations. Active links with the local and diverse urban community is a vital part of life at St Martin’s and the church has decided to make a number of strategic alterations to improve the facilities.

Photography by Keith Hunter
photograph : Keith Hunter

The essential components of this project are:

1 – Providing barrier free access from the street: New point of entry on the side of the church
2 – Improving support facilities to sanctuary: New kitchen, toilet and office under balcony
3 – Providing easy access to the lower floor: New stair and lift at front of plan near entrance
4 – Improving the sense of transparency and welcome: reworking of threshold into sanctuary
5 – Provision of more multi purpose community space: reorganisation of lower halls

Photography by Keith Hunter
photograph : Keith Hunter

The completed phase 1 project has breathed life back into the interior of the building, permitting a more legible and accessible range of flexible served spaces. Most significant is the increased sense of welcome at street level, with views now possible from the entrance into the church and beyond into the sanctuary itself.

Photography by Keith Hunter
photograph : Keith Hunter

Comments from the congregation:

‘Wow! the front doors are open, I can see right in through to the back wall of the main hall, it is bright, light and exciting’

‘We are delighted with the new facilites at the SMCRC, which include bespoke storage for our stock of toys and a new accessible toilet with baby‐changing facilites, which is a real boon for our parents and carers, who previously had to struggle down a steep and narrow staircase’

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