Lumen Reform Church

The 1960's church, located on the corner of Tavistock Place and Wakefield Street in Bloomsbury, sits on larger 1820's foundations. Theis and Khan's designs retains the original building's volume and coherence, but adds new amenities - an entrance, a lift, toilets, offices, multi-use spaces and a courtyard garden-wrap around it - to enable the church to be more multi-functional and accessible for a modern community church.

The design opens up diagonally from the entrance, across the existing church volume and now houses a quite different programme and sequence of spaces culminating in the cloister and garden.

Lumen Reform Church

Carbon Calculation

  • KLH cross-laminated timber volume for Lumen Reform Church is 83m3
  • KLH panels removed approximately 66.4 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere
  • 4.9 tonnes of emitted CO2 from transporting the KLH panels from Austria to London
  • Offsetting the CO2 emissions from the transport will still show a 'nett gain' of around 61.5 tonnes (CO2 removed from the atmosphere)


Ultimately, the timber superstructure for Lumen Reform Church contains approximately 19.9 tonnes of sequestered/stored carbon.

Lumen Reform Church

Project Details

Project Value:  £1,800,000 (whole project)

Project Dates:  2007 - 2008

Services:  Supply and Erect

Timber Volume:  83m3

Build Period:  1.4 weeks


Lumen Reform Church

Design Team

Architect:  Theis and Khan

Timber Engineer:  Techniker

Engineer:  F. J. Samuely

Contractor:  Dollman Ralston

Lumen Reform Church



RIBA London Regional Award

Lumen Reform Church