The involvement of David Joy Architects with All Saints Milton church arose in 1998 when, as their church architects, we were invited to take part in a Saturday brainstorming exercise with members of the church to try and reach a consensus regarding how the existing church plant be developed and improved. Hall and kitchen facilities were already in existence and were quite ample. WC facilities were not up to modern requirements and small meeting rooms were in short supply, as was storage space. An overall scheme was drawn up to address all these issues.
To date, only the re-ordering of the main meeting space has taken place, with the removal of pews, provision of under-floor heating throughout the nave and aisles and a dais positioned in the South Aisle. This choice was made following an extensive analysis of the best position for the minister to ensure maximum visual contact between minister and congregation, using “shadow diagrams” to assess the impact of columns on sight lines. This phase of operations also included the provision of a new doorway with level access into the very ample pre-existing milling space, a ramp at the main entrance door and the replacement of poor quality double doors with ones more appropriate to the medieval building of which they form part. This initial phase of work was completed in 2002.