Previously situated on land allocated for the 2012 Olympic Games, the KICC church planned to relocate to Beam Reach, a 4ha brownfield site identified by the London Development Agency for redevelopment. The design provides worship space, including an 8,000 seat church, 1,000 seat youth church, 500 seat chapel, 6,000m2 offices and 1,200 space car park, all focused around a newly created public space. The key design concept is driven by an ambition to create an inspirational, permeable and legible space, away from the traditional form of worship. Inclined timber trusses lean on each other to form a folded plate structure, creating a volume to the main auditorium which lifts as it reaches the stage area, opening to form an elongated star.


Client: Kingsway International Christian Centre
Completion to planning: 2008