Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA3
A striking 1960s design with a high peak roof in a Scandinavian idiom, which with its bell tower has local landmark value. The interior is tall and open with the concrete frame exposed. The sanctuary has recently been reordered.
The present church was built in 1963 from designs by J.E. Sterrett & Partners, replacing a much smaller building built at the time of the erection of the parish in 1932. The new church was planned to seat 500 and was given a generous narthex. It was reordered in 1972 by Williams & Winkley. In 2007, proposals for alterations and improvements were put forward by Francis Weal and Partners; reordering of the sanctuary and improvements to the parish accommodation to the south and east of the church took place in 2010.
The style of the church has been described as Scandinavian. The building has a concrete frame with external walls clad in grey and yellow brick with roof coverings of red pantiles. The church is conventionally orientated. The main element of the building is the tall and very steeply-pitched nave roof and slightly lower sanctuary roof, both rising between wide flat-roofed aisles and with a tall northwest bell tower of yellow brick with a stone relief statue of Our Lord on the north face. The west end wall has a triple entrance under a projecting canopy and the wall above is pierced with numerous slit openings. The aisles have a continuous row of high-level windows with pointed heads. The nave roof has five long dormers on each side.
Inside, the concrete frame is exposed, with the main roof ribs in cruck form and the double width aisles with piloti. Much of the walling is grey barefaced brickwork, with acoustic panels to the nave and aisle ceilings. At the west end is an organ gallery with a handsome modern organ. At the east end the main altar has been brought forward from the sanctuary and placed on a series of curved steps leading down into the nave. The church was attractively reordered in 2010.
Architect: J. E. Sterrett & Partners
Original Date: 1963
Conservation Area: No
Listed Grade: Not Listed