Aldridge Road/Birdbrook Road

Perry Beeches, Great Barr


B44 8RA

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The Church

The church is an iconic Grade II Listed Building highly visible to any who travel along the main Aldridge Road which runs through the heart of the parish. It was designed by architects Robert Maguire and Keith Murray, who at the time were rising architects and had been widely commended for their design of the church at Bow Common in East London.

The floor plan is an irregular hexagon with the height of each wall rising from the baptistry at the entrance to the building to its highest point over the altar, symbolising the spiritual life in its gradual ascent from Baptism to fulfilment in the celebration of the Mass.

The structure is of grey brick with each ascending level supported by a concrete beam. The floor is entirely brick with the sanctuary and altar each being set up one step above the general floor level.

All woodwork, altar rails, pews and doors are of English Ash. The altar is also of Ash and as constructed by students at the then named Brooklyn Technical College. The end panels of the altar are carved with the words `The Lord is here, His spirit is with us` and The peace of the Lord be always with you`.

The building is open plan in design and the altar is visible without obstruction from any part of the Church