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Making Property Serve Mission

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Fred Batterton studied architecture at Oxford and is now a senior architect and director of Studio B Architects in Australia. Before this Fred was co-director of the award-winning Batterton Tyack Architects in the UK. His background includes researching the needs of contemporary churches in the UK, US and Australia. He has a special interest in how spaces impact upon the relationships of the users and how they benefit their core business. He has also worked on university buildings, aged care projects, individual and multi- unit housing including affordable housing and many other project types. Adaptation, repair and extension of heritage buildings has been a significant part of his work. Fred believes that new work should be designed and constructed to complement an existing heritage building of quality. It should be respectful piece of 21st century architecture, cleverly performing its role whilst making its claim to be of this age. Fred has worked with heritage church buildings in the UK and Australia, new suburban churches and has master-planned a mega-church. Alongside the experience of conservation and adaptation of heritage buildings he has also worked with developers to maximise development value and has applied this to the benefit of the church as landowners. He believes that new buildings should respond to their setting with confidence. Every building has a responsibility to contribute to the environment sustainably, practically and aesthetically. Fred was a churchwarden for nine years in a UK Oxfordshire Cotswold parish after which he became a member of St Aldate's, Oxford. Following this he immigrated to Australia where he has been a member of St Michael's North Carlton and a past Church Council member. Fred is married with five adult children and four grandchildren. Fred is passionate about how good quality design can improve life for the users of buildings, making them more effective and sustainable facilities and creating real value and enjoyment. FIAA (Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia). Leader at Cause Way. Contributed to Part Nine: How can we pay for it?


"This splendid resource provides an invaluable set of tools with which to re-evaluate the place of property in our missional planning and liturgical formation, whatever our size or situation, and rekindles our longing see to the Church re-equipped and re-energised to speak the good news with relevance, power and grace." Richard Giles, Author of Re-pitching the Tent, Formerly Dean of Philadelphia Cathedral "As church communities seek to engage with their neighbourhoods in the 21st century context, it is vital they are equipped with an understanding of how they can maximise existing or new property. Fred Batterton's expertise, insight and wisdom in this area are a gift to the wider Church. I highly recommend this valuable resource." Daniel Bullock, Director of Mission & Ministries, Baptist Union of Victoria Reshaping a building so as to make it serve a new generation is a vital challenge for every Christian congregation. Fred Batterton has not only succeeded in helping numbers of churches to do this, but has also written a fascinating rationale for those who are wondering about whether they should engage in such a work. David MacInnes, former rector of St Aldate's Church, Oxford When it is time to do something with your facilities the thinking Church leader will take some time to look at this book. Written by a practitioner it is a wealth of insight for those looking for greater missional assistance through their facility. Dale Stephenson, Senior Pastor, Crossway Baptist Church

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