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ATA has been commissioned to design a new Catholic church for the Diocese of Hamilton. The Church will be located at 620 Rymal Road East and will see the uniting of two existing parishes – Our Lady of Lourdes & Corpus Christi. The new church will be sited on a 3.3 hectare (8 acre) property that is currently used as farmland. The development will comprise of both the Church and its Rectory.
The church is designed to accommodate 800 parishioners with additional space for a pastoral centre, an administration centre, meeting rooms, choir rehearsal space, an Adoration Chapel and a Bell Tower. The uses are organized into three identifiable building components with the Church and Sanctuary central to the arrangement, that is punctuated by the soaring Bell Tower. The church has been located central to the site on axis with an exterior pedestrian boulevard and holy shrine. The Rectory is sited to the south-western edge of the property and will front the future extension of Wagner Drive.
The overall architectural composition and form of the church strives to be simple and timeless. The entire church is united by three basic elements: a base, a middle band and roof. The base of the church is natural limestone that will be textured and patterned to pay homage to the name sake Cathedral in Siena, Italy. The middle band encircles and brings continuity to the overall form. The roof sits on the latter piece and frames the glazed gables that will bring natural light into the space.
Construction is scheduled to begin Summer/Fall of 2019.