New build church opens its doors / by AMRIT NARU

A new build Roman Catholic church, designed by Naru and Ross  and which will benefit the parish of St Therese of Lisieux, Ingleby Barwick in Stockton on Tees, has been completed.

The 250-seater church includes a bright area for worship and space for parish celebrations, plus areas for meetings and children's liturgy.

The brick, stone and slate design incorporates a large number of windows, providing a light-filled interior. Stained glass panels, created by acclaimed artist Alfred Fisher MBE, who has designed windows for Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, are also featured.

The panels, which date from the 1960s, were reclaimed from the site of St John of Gods Chapel during the hotel and golf course development project at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.  Having used some of the panels as a backdrop to the hotel spa, the remaining panels were donated to the Diocese of Middlesbrough to be incorporated into the new church.

Our architectural brief was to create a bright and beautiful place of worship that will benefit the parish of St Therese of Lisieux, whilst ensuring the new facilities are also suitable for use by local schools, charities and groups from the wider community of Ingleby Barwick. Despite creating a contemporary space, complete with today’s modern comforts and technology, we’re delighted to have preserved a piece of ecclesiastical history by incorporating these special windows into our design.
— Carl Ross, director, Naru and Ross

The church will host an ‘official’ opening ceremony, where the Bishop of Middlesbrough will dedicate the church to St Therese of Lisieux, later in the year.