St Teressa’s Church

David Brown

St Teressa church lies on the eastern edge of Heaton park alongside Heaton Road. Designed in 1970 by local architect David Brown, the church is formed of an elaborate octagonal vaulting steel frame structure. A simple buff brick surrounds the lower levels as each of the octagonal edges rises to form a steep pitched tiled roof with opaque glazing at a high level to create a bright naturally lit atmosphere. A splayed entrance to the south opens out to passer-by. The interior of the roof is marked by folded roof structure meeting a central apex above the centre of the building making it one of the more unique and unusual churches of the post-war era.

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