Landmark architectural structure provides a range of possibilities

A design idea for the interior of St David's Church, Newtown, Powys
Original interior designs for a business hub at St David’ Church

News that a major landmark in a Mid Wales town has been put up for sale revives architectural work Hughes Architects undertook to consider alternative uses for it.

St David’s Church in Newtown, Powys, a Grade II listed building, has been put on the market by its current owners. However, prior to its original sale, Hughes Architects worked with the church diocese to consider ideas that would create alternative uses for it in the community.

Standing above the town centre along New Road, the church is an amazing architectural structure.

It is currently being offered sale through Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd with planning permission for a play barn and restaurant.

Proposals for change of use

“Before the church was sold to the current owners, we worked with the diocese to consider alternative uses for it. They wanted to identify ways it could be used in the community,” said Richard Lewis, a Director and Architect at Hughes Architects.

“We came up with several design ideas. These were based on uses such as an enterprise hub for small businesses, through to a cinema.

“It was a great project to work on as it gave us a chance to work on a significant architectural landmark in the town.”

The church was originally built between 1843 and 1847 by architect Thomas Penson (1790 – 1859).

He was also responsible for designing Montgomery Prison, Llanfyllin and Caersws workhouses, and the Newtown Flannel Exchange. Penson was also credited with the design of bridges in Caersws, Abermule, Llanidloes, and Longbridge in Newtown.

The church decided to sell the church several years ago instead of progressing their own plans. The current owners obtained planning permission for a playbarn and restaurant.

Conservation Architecture

Hughes Architects is a specialist in Conservation Architecture. Doug Hughes, MD and Architect, has been accredited as a Conservation Architect by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

There are over 42,000 architects in the UK but this accreditation means Doug is just one of only 176 Conservation Architects registered on the RIBA’s Conservation Register.

The practice has developed a reputation for working on Grade I and Grade II listed buildings in that time. These have ranged from cottages and manor houses to churches and even barns.

A statement by RIBA says: “RIBA believes that architects have a primary role in identifying the potential challenges of historic buildings, areas and places, including managing change in a sustainable manner. Architects find design solutions including the repair, maintenance, adaptation and re-use of historic buildings and places that sustains and promotes their cultural significance.”

Hughes Architects has also expanded its businesses with specialists in engineering design for SuDS drainage surveys and design with the appointment of a specialist engineer. It has also appointed a dedicated energy consultant as part of its commitment to RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.