The St Albans design is an adaptation of a traditional long Nave Church plan, where the rearmost seating was a remote twenty five rows from the Sanctuary.
The triple-arch form of the Nave presented a unique opportunity to transform the plan of the Nave into a cruciform, with a High Altar placing that is no further than seven rows distant from the rearmost seat.
The original Sanctuary is reformed into a separate Weekday and Reconciliation Chapel. An arched illuminated ceiling coffer emphasises, architecturally, the reorientation of the ceremony of the Liturgy.
The scheme included a new house for the Parish Priest, and an adaptable Parish Centre, approachable from the Church. The lodge itself had served as a private residence, company headquarters and latterly a hotel.