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Anglican/Roman Catholic church at Cippenham by W S Hattrell and Partners

A case study from a piece on church design featured in Manplan 5: Religion

Manplan 5 was originally published in March 1970, and was republished online in May 2016. Read the full piece on church design here

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There have been many occasions in England when two denominations have shared buildings. But up to now this has always been either in an old building, when one has offered hospitality to the other, or on ecclesiastical common ground such as an airport or a barracks where both are really only the tenants of a third party. The first new church to be built jointly will be the shared Anglican/Raman Catholic church at Cippenham, near Slough (architects W S Hattrell and Partners), now under construction (see also pages 200-201). The plan is a square, divided unequally by sliding folding doors, which also form corridors to ensure access when two parts are being used at once. It may be that nothing short of joint church-keeping can really test the ecumenical encounter.

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