The Church Commissioners for England
Wright & Wright Architects
Price & Myers and Max Fordham
Dan Pearson Studio
Stuart A Johnson Consulting
Construction of a new building to the highest architectural and engineering standards, to house the Library and Archive of the Church of England. The building is located within the grounds of Lambeth Palace and sits within a Grade II site of importance for nature conservation, involving highly significant archaeology and ecological protection.
Preserving the second-largest collection of religious texts in central Europe, the library and archive will protect its delicate contents from changing humidity, air pollution and flood risk. The space provides seven storeys of archives above ground and mezzanine-level staff and visitor spaces, with a sense of sanctuary created through controlled views of the glade from the entrance hall, reading room and staff areas.