St. Joseph’s Church, Burntisland

Prior to recent improvement works, St. Joseph’s Church itself was clearly not an architectural gem with its box-like structure and asbestos roof. Now St Joseph’s enjoys a new look with an enhanced entrance foyer featuring custom design Broxwood windows and doors.

St. Joseph’s Church in recent years had often been bursting at the seams and it became increasingly difficult to schedule meetings since there was so much demand for the facilities, including the hall and the presbytery and what became equally clear was the need for a bigger and better church.

There were actually plans to demolish and re build in 2005 but these plans had to be abandoned and the Archdiocese then commissioned architect Svein J Mjeldheim to extend and renovate the existing building. His brief was to include additional seating for up to 100 people, a new entrance foyer linking the church and the hall, the replacement of the existing asbestos roof and the general upgrading of the church which included external works.

The first floor meeting room was opened up and extended into the church itself to form a gallery. This was then supported on laminated timber beams and columns and completed with tinted glass balustrading.

Exposed laminated timbers were also used to form a new foyer that can be seen both inside and out with floor to ceiling windows between the structure.

The parish priest Fr Paul Capaldi, said that the whole congregation were “thrilled” with their new church building, which he described as being the original four walls with a new church built inside them.

With thanks to Church Building Magazine for this adaptation of their article on St. Joseph’s Church, Burntisland, April 2009 and to Svein J Mjeldheim Architect.

Project Team

Client: Archdiocese of St.Andrews and Edinburgh
Architect: Svein J Mjeldheim MNAL, ARIAS, Lundin Links, T 01333 320476
Contractor: John Smart & Son (Kirkaldy) Ltd
Quantity Surveyors: George Barry & Partners of Edinburgh
Electrical Contractors: CF Electrical Services Ltd, Glenrothes
Window and Door Suppliers: Broxwood (Scotland) Ltd.

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