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Building Project

posted 2 Mar 2014, 07:17 by Rev Katie Tupling   [ updated 3 Apr 2014, 14:48 ]
Building Project at Christ Church Dore

In February this year, the PCC and I announced that a development project was to go ahead.  Since then there has been necessary preparation and further planning behind the scenes. PCC took the view that we should explain the decision taken and the process we intend to adopt over the next few months.

 

Having spread the ideas net widely, and over many years of discussions, through 2012 and 2013, members of the church family looked at details of 2 plans: ‘option 4a’ and simple refurbishment. When the Building Development Group met in December 2013 it was clear that neither option really addressed the current legal requirements of public buildings, (Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Equalities Act 2010) and the Church of England Guidelines written in response to these Acts. Taking account of these, a discussion took place which led to a modification of our original ‘4a’ plan. The Group also referred to feedback from the church family about the options and our Purposes Statement. At the conclusion of this meeting there was a feeling that in addition to complying with current Law, the modified proposal would reflect our theology of equality and human value and give us greater flexibility of space. The PCC, with a clear majority, agreed with the Building Development Group at a prayerful meeting of 6th February 2014, and formally voted through a Development Plan which will be taken ahead to the Diocesan Advisory Committee. 

 

In brief summary the PCC approved Plan is a modification of ‘4a,’: there is no balcony, the nave floor will be on one level, all of the furniture will be replaced with flexible seating, the entrance will be lighter and more welcoming, the meeting room and toilets will be improved.  Sound, light and heating will all be enhanced.  The Plan keeps the digital organ we have bought, releasing the pipe organ for possible use by another church. The detail of this will be seen in church once the full drawings, and the walk-through computer presentation, have been produced by our architect.

 

PCC are forming four subgroups of the new Building Development Group:

  • Building design group led by Richard Knights
  • Fundraising led by Paul Archer
  • Communication and publicity led by Anita Campbell
  • Green issues/use of renewable energy options led by Jackie Butcher

 

If you have an interest or specific expertise in any of these areas, the convenor of that group would like to hear from you.

 

The PCC and I are very pleased and excited by the opportunity to develop the building in response to the needs of our church family and our community, and future generations, in a way that is inclusive of all God’s people.

 

 

Katie Tupling, Vicar

31 March 2014

 
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