The Scroll Church in Watford is a new mixed use development combining a church, community centre and houses. The project has been procured as joint venture with a developer.
The design for the new St Thomas’ Watford church celebrates Watford’s historical paper making industry in the form of a religious scroll. During the industrial revolution the Grand Union canal enabled paper-making mills to be sited at Croxley. The John Dickinson and Co mill manufactured the Croxley brand of fine quality paper that later led to Watford becoming an important centre for printing. The nature of the Nascot conservation area is the variety of feature buildings and it is within this context that the design for St Thomas’ church was conceived.
The scroll starts as a woven ribbon of wall from the garden entrance at the rear and the Langley Road entrance at the front running through the ground floor café and church spaces before rising and curling upwards to form the worship space. The scroll with its religious references creates a landmark on the west of the site, clearly viewed from Langley Road and signifies a church with its spire-like form.