Hardie Close, London NW10
A functional design on an octagonal plan, serving a modern housing development.
The parish of St Patrick, just north of the North Circular Road was the result of a new housing development on land which became available through the reduced requirements of the railways together with local authorities’ surplus land and a former Territorial Army depot. About 2000 low-rise houses were built to form what is now known as the St Raphael Estate and a new Catholic church was built by Fr Murphy to replace a nearby Mass centre, which had been served from the church of the Five Precious Wounds at Stonebridge Park (qv). The architect was Gerald Murphy of Burles, Newton & Partners.
St Patrick’s church is part of a complex of buildings which also includes a flat for the parish priest and a parish hall. The main church space opens into a social area which can be linked to the church to provide additional space. The social area separates the church from the parish hall, which can also be linked to the other two spaces to provide a single large space for special occasions. The buildings are generally of low single-storey construction with load bearing red brick walls and modern rectangular window openings .The church is octagonal on plan and has a tented roof covered in slate. Internally the walls are plastered and the laminated timber roof beams are exposed, with timber decking between them. The sanctuary is a raised dais on one side. The fittings are mostly contemporary with the church.
Architect: Burles, Newton & Partners
Original Date: 1980
Conservation Area: No
Listed Grade: Not Listed