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St Andrews Wesley United Church, Vancouver

Contemporary Building Restoration in Canada – design by Ryder Architecture

4 Mar 2019

St Andrews Wesley United Church Restoration

Design: Ryder Architecture

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Construction Begins on Restoration of St Andrews Wesley United Church, Vancouver

One of Vancouver’s most prominent landmark churches and music venue will undergo a major seismic upgrade and heritage restoration. Design practice Ryder Architecture has been retained with Read Jones Christofferson who will provide seismic engineering, building envelope engineering and act as prime consultant on this significant two year project. Heatherbrae Construction are providing Construction Management services.

St Andrews Wesley United Church, Vancouver

St Andrews Wesley United Church stands as a stunning example of the height of Gothic Revival architecture. Known for its glorious interior including vaulted timber roof, impressive French and Italian stained glass windows and angel reliefs, St Andrews functions as a major religious, heritage and cultural focal point for the City of Vancouver.

St Andrews Wesley United Church Restoration

Located at the corner of Burrard and Nelson Streets, the church was designed and constructed between 1930 and 1933 by architects Twizell and Twizell. Brothers George and Robert Twizell were born in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the northern English county of Northumberland before establishing themselves in Montreal in 1901. Ryder follow a similar heritage line, being established in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1953 with the practice adding a team in Vancouver in 2016, led by principals Adam James and Warren Schmidt.

St Andrews Wesley United Church stained glass window

Originally from Newcastle before moving to Canada in 2006, principal Adam James said, “St Andrews is a special and historic place not only for the church congregation but also the City of Vancouver. The congregation are to be commended for pursuing this project to bring the church up to current seismic safety standards. In doing so the original architecture of Twizell and Twizell will be reinvigorated to provide a home to the congregation for the next 100 years.”

The project will provide a seismic upgrade to the original concrete structure and at the same time reinstate the original plaster interiors, along with a new stone floor, pews and upgraded building services. The heritage designated building exterior will receive a new copper roof and granite façades will be repointed and restrained.

The building is set to reopen in autumn 2020.

St Andrews Wesley United Church building interior, Vancouver

About Ryder Architecture

Ryder was established in 1953, in Newcastle with teams now in London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Amsterdam, and through Ryder Alliance, in Australia, Hungary, Spain and South Africa. Projects range in value from £50,000 to £300m including civic, education, healthcare, infrastructure, leisure, manufacturing, office, residential, retail and science sectors.

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