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The Caversham Baptist Church building was originally designed by the prolific architect Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed the Natural History Museum in London and Reading Town Hall.

The site was acquired by the church in 1875 and the building held its first service on 2nd October 1877.

The outside of the building is largely unchanged from the original design, but the inside has been re-modelled, most recently in 1980 when the pews and balcony were removed and the present kitchen, meeting rooms and toilets were added.

Our architect has helped us develop our initial proposals, to adapt the building for the 21st century.

The plans include:

  • Inserting a first floor spanning the full length of the building and moving the church services upstairs.
  • Creating a large community hall downstairs.
  • Making the building more accessible with step-free access at the front and the addition of a lift.
  • Making the building more welcoming at the front with glazed doors and a simplified entrance layout.
  • Enabling the building to be open more regularly during the day by moving the church office to the front.
  • Improving the meeting rooms at the north end of the building.

  • The outside of the building will remain unaltered, with the exception of changes to the area in front of the entrance to allow step free access, preserving the look of the original Waterhouse design. The heating, lighting and electrics within the building will also be upgraded to ensure they are up to modern standards.

    Please take a look at the layout video below for more details of the changes we are considering.

    If you have feedback on the plans, we are currently carrying out a community consultation and would love to hear your views. Find out how to do this, and how to stay up to date with the project as it progresses on our Get involved page.