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New build North East church to open its doors

A new build Catholic church, which will benefit the parish of St Thérèse of Lisieux, Ingleby Barwick in Stockton on Tees, has been completed.

Designed by award-winning North East architectural practice Naru and Ross Architects, the church will host an ‘official’ opening ceremony, where the Bishop of Middlesbrough will dedicate the church to St Thérèse of Lisieux, later in the year.

Standing on the junction of Blair Avenue and Lamb Lane, the 250-seater new-build church includes a bright area for worship and space for parish celebrations, plus areas for meetings and children’s liturgy.

The Diocese of Middlesbrough has loaned the parish the money for the construction of the building, social space, altar and lectern, whilst fundraising and donations by parishioners have paid for the fittings and furniture.

The brick, stone and slate design incorporates a large number of windows, providing a light-filled interior. Stained glass panels, created by acclaimed artist Alfred Fisher MBE, who has designed windows for Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, are also featured.

The panels, which date from the 1960s, were reclaimed from the site of St John of Gods Chapel during the hotel and golf course development project at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington. Having used some of the panels as a backdrop to the hotel spa, the remaining panels were donated to the Diocese of Middlesbrough to be incorporated into the new church.

“Our architectural brief was to create a bright and beautiful place of worship that will benefit the parish of St Thérèse of Lisieux, whilst ensuring the new facilities are also suitable for use by local schools, charities and groups from the wider community of Ingleby Barwick. Despite creating a contemporary space, complete with today’s modern comforts and technology, we’re delighted to have preserved a piece of ecclesiastical history by incorporating these special windows into our design,” explained Carl Ross, director, Naru and Ross Architects.