Sunday, 5 February 2017
Aware that the exterior of the Church building is starting to show its age, the Parish Fabric Committee commissioned a Conservation Architect to carry out a complete survey of the Church. The Architect found that there is much that needs attention and if left it could lead to serious problems.
The Architect working with a Quantity Surveyor has estimated the project costs to be in the region of £350,000.
The Fabric Committee has made an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for partial funding by them of the proposed project. The maximum grant they make is £250,000. We will hear if we have been successful in June. In the meantime, we are preparing applications for grant funding from three other bodies and will be able to cover the remainder of costs from our own resources.
At present we are working with the Architect to draw up briefs for professional services. To qualify for HLF Funding we have to show evidence of competitive tendering. We also need a design team in place. We hope to interview within a few weeks and move to appointing the Architect and team who will see us through this major project.
Assuming that funding from HLF is granted in June, we will then work with the architect and his team to put the works out to tender. The actual work on the building would take place in 2018. The Church should remain open, but there will be a considerable amount of scaffolding erected for the duration of the project.
This is a major project, but one that will safeguard St Margaret's Memorial Church for the future. I am confident that, as a Parish, we have the resources and skills to achieve this. Thank you for your continued support of our monthly Building Fund Collection without that support this project would not be possible. Sincere thanks are owed to those who have worked so hard to get us to this point - there's an awful lot more ahead!