Roman Catholic Church of St Bernadette, Wells Road, Bristol - Bristol, City of (UA)

Parish church designed in 1967 by James Leask of Kenneth Nealon,Tanner & Partners to accompany the Catholic school built on the centenary of the apparitions at Lourdes. Bold and innovative in design and materials, it features a double hyperbolic paraboloid roof carried on projecting concrete piers on a rotated square plan. Some of the original materials are now showing signs of deterioration and this has led to serious issues of water ingress through the roof coverings, affecting the ceiling and the reinforced concrete roof structure. Some episodes of vandalism have also taken place.

Roman Catholic Church of St Bernadette, Wells Road, Bristol - Bristol, City of (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Roman Catholic Church of St Bernadette
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1436044
  • Local Planning Authority: Bristol, City of (UA)
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church

Location

  • Building Name: Roman Catholic Church of St Bernadette
  • Street Name: 729 Wells Road
  • Locality: Bristol
  • Unitary Authority: Bristol, City of (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Bristol South
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Priority: B - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade II

Contact Details

Alessandra Perrone 0117 975 1345

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England