AKOU was appointed by Chadwell Heath Baptist Church and architects SUSD to lead the public consultation for the proposed plans for redeveloping the church site. The church buildings are a couple of years away from being unsafe to use, requiring a very expensive renovation. The Church explored options and the only way to retain a presence on the site and continue to provide space for public use is to develop the site into mixed-use housing and church development.
An accessible and inclusive process
With planning due to be submitted, there was a need to conduct a public consultation during the COVID-19 lockdown period. It was not possible to hold a traditional public exhibition and meeting to present the local plans due to social distancing measures and restrictions around public gatherings. AKOU helped the project team to carry out a safe, accessible and inclusive alternative.