Hammersmith Quakers Reconciled to Loss of Old Meeting House

New building on Bradmore Park Road described as a 'special jewel'

H&F Leader Cllr Stephen Cowan with Victoria Timberlake, Sheila Hancock and Tamara Dragadze

The Quaker community in the Hammersmith area has come to terms with the loss of its former home and are now delighted with its new building.

Some had resisted the demolition of the meeting house near the A4 but now there is general agreement that the new Quaker Meeting House in Bradmore Park Road is a decided improvement.

The building was designed by Stewart Dodd and this September won the Hammersmith Society’s Environment Award.

In its citation the society said, “This is a special jewel in the Bradmore Park Road street environment. It celebrates the opportunity of an open site to create a graceful pause in the line of Victorian terraces, each side sharing its front landscaping with the street. The high rotunda reveals itself in longer street views, a sculptural form which expresses the Meeting Room, the heart of the building within.”

Recently Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council Leader Cllr Stephen Cowan visited the new building.

H&F, with its partner A2Dominion, facilitated and paid for the design and construction of the new Meeting House when the site of its former premises was needed for the Civic Campus project in nearby King Street.

Victoria Timberlake, a member of Hammersmith Quakers, said, “We are pleased with our beautiful new Quaker Meeting House, which we hope will be a beacon of environmental sustainability to the Hammersmith community.

“Our building reflects our values of simplicity, equality and peace. We are grateful to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for our site on Bradmore Park Road. We are especially pleased that our previous site will be used for truly affordable housing.”

Sheila Hancock commented, “Quakers were initially unhappy about their old meeting house being destroyed, but now, 12 years later, we rejoice in our beautiful new building which we hope will bring joy to the neighbourhood.”

Cllr Cowan added, “It’s been a pleasure working with Victoria Timberlake and local Quakers on this beautiful project. The new building for Hammersmith Quakers is a gem. I was pleased to be able to make sure a replacement Meeting House was provided. The stunning new building captures the Quaker’s values, particularly their profound commitment to our environment.”

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November 2, 2021