Expansion Plans

Building Expansion

We have an amazing building, but we need to expand our facilities.  As our mission and church expands, we feel the weekly pressure for more room and better support facilities.  And we have made a start.  We have purchased the land, put together a design team and drawn up plans.  The next step is to secure planning permission, then to build.

What will change?

  • enlarged attractive cafe space
  • six multi-purpose rooms (for community & children′s activities)
  • quiet room/crèche space
  • fully functional kitchen
  • additional toilets on all floors (inc disabled and baby changing)
  • wheelchair accessibility throughout (inc lift)
  • office spaces for staff and Pastors

Why expand?

Our mission is to reach the lost, serve the broken, and make disciple-makers in our city.  We want to create a safe place for vulnerable people to come.  The need for space is just increasing.  We have various small groups and activities that take place on a Sunday that need more space; toddlers/babies, LifeKids, Roots lunch, Women’s prayer, and more.  We are also restricted from running things as we just don’t have the space, e.g. discipleship classes, youth etc.

The costs

This is a substantial development, linked to a listed building.  We therefore employed a professional team to put the scheme together which is estimated at £2m.  The final cost will be known when we go to tender.

If you can contribute to help us expand and see more lives changed for good, you will be involved in a great work.  Thank you.

How can I help?

  1. Pray – at every stage we are seeking for God’s will to be done
  2. Give – if you are able to give or pledge please invest into the work of the Gospel in our city
  3. Fundraise – initiate and develop a fundraising idea
  4. Invite others – ask people you know who may be willing to partner in the mission to our city

Where are we at?

The land is purchased, the scheme is developed, and our planning application has been submitted – with a decision expected before the end of June 2018.  We are continuing to raise funds for this stage as the granting of planning permission opens other funding doors.  The next steps will be to put together a funding plan, apply for grants, and to go out to tender, all by the end of this year.

The plans

The new extended space will be over three floors – built on the site of the demolished annex and gardens.  The picture shows the new accessible entrance and café on West Richmond Street.

The extension will ‘wrap around’ the existing listed church building, providing additional meeting rooms and toilets on all floors with lift access.  A link corridor from the foyer gives access to all facilities.

The 1st floor features a large meeting space which can be subdivided into 3 rooms, with a training kitchen, office space and additional toilets.

The 2nd floor will provide meeting spaces, but initially will be configured as studio flats, rented to tourists, to produce an income until the additional space is required.