The Wellspring Anglican Church is a community project that seeks to reconcile the architectural requirements of 21st century church ministry. This has required an architectural response that is reflective of the contemporary church’s engagement with its community while preserving and reinvigorating past and continuing traditions.

A highly consultative design and approvals process, considered adaptive re-use and sensitive intervention has enabled the growing church to continue operating in the location it has occupied for nearly 100 years, maintaining a significant cultural and community benefit.

The new building is a purposeful departure from the formal architectural qualities of the existing heritage buildings, which are visually heavy, inwardly focussed and disconnected from each other.

The new building rests in the spaces between the existing, linking all buildings under one light-filled canopy with an openness and transparency in keeping with the churches contemporary ethos. The form, scale and massing is intentionally subservient in relation to the existing buildings. It provides a range of community facilities including meeting and activity spaces, offices, commercial food premises and a new 270 seat auditorium to compliment the historic chapel. Spaces have been crafted to serve the users and their place in a contemporary manner while creating harmony with the significant heritage values of the existing buildings.



2013 Royal Australian Institute of Architects - Tas. - Public Building Award

2013 Royal Australian Institute of Architects - Tas. - Heritage Award

2013 Australian Property Institute Vic. / Tas. - Heritage Building Award

2014 Royal Australian Institute of Architects - Tas. - Henry Hunter Triennial Prize

Builder: Bennett Construction
Civil / Structural / Hydraulic Engineer: Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Ian Loney
Electric Engineer: ECOS Consulting Engineers & Designers
Environmental Engineer: RED Sustainability
Fire Engineer: SEMF
Acoustic Engineer: NVC Noise Vibration Consulting
Building Surveyor: Lee Tyers + Associates
Town Planning: IreneInc Planning
Landscape Architect: Inspiring Place, then Playstreet
Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership
Art + Graphics: Thomas Creative, NSW
Photography: 1+2 Architecture (1) Ray Joyce (2 + 3)