The transformation of St Clement’s Church is an architectural masterpiece.
I am sorry that my former work colleague, Nick Bacon, (letters, November 1) does not share my opinion.
Churches must respond to changing needs, or they will close down. This beautiful Old Town church has been adapted for community use as well as for worship. Ancient buildings evolve over time as each generation adapts the structure using the technology of the day. Our huge cathedrals are testimony to this fact.
The resurrected St Clements is an outstanding example of how to incorporate modern design and materials into an historic setting, the old and the new complementing each other in a clearly legible way. Four important phases in the building’s development are clear to the visitor. The medieval origins are obvious in the main structure, the 18th century is represented by the newly burnished chandeliers, the Victorian period is reflected in the retained pews, pulpit and altar rails, and the 21st century structure is freestanding, light, transparent and unobtrusive. The whole is visually held together by the pale coloured marble floor.
A real architectural gem for Hastings. No wonder English Heritage is happy with it.