Phase 3 is currently at the final stage of planning permission and we hope that work will be underway early in 2020. It comprises a number of aspects:
A redesigning and reconfiguration of the main entrance to the church, the north door. This will see proper disabled access into the building through the provision of very gentle ramps and slopes rather than steps. Entrance to the church will be by walking straight ahead (rather than the current arrangement involving several turns). When complete the experience of entering the building will be more welcoming and easier for all.
The detail: the area immediately outside the north porch gates will be raised to create a stone semicircle at the same height as the north porch floor, the churchyard paths leading to it will be sloped gradually. This will eliminate the fist step.
New sliding (automatic) doors will be installed just inside the porch (with sufficient room for the gates to open inwards as presently). This area will be enclosed thus creating an air lock in the remaining porch.
The floor in the greater part of the porch (one through the new sliding glass doors) will slope gradually to the height of the church floor (eliminating the second step) and will be finished with a non slip surface. (The existing tiles are badly cracked and unusable).
The double doors immediately ahead that form the final barrier to the church will be replaced with hindged glass doors. Some of the panelling in this lobby will also be replaced with glass. The existing door (to the left) will be sealed.
Please see below to download and view some of the drawings.
A proper redesigning of the welcome area. The provision of proper display space will also be considered at this stage. Some simple planning will be required here but now that we have the opportunity to use the temporary “welcome” space created in phase 1 we will have a better idea of how it can be improved and made permanent.
Disabled access to the chancel – We’ve considered various options here but current thinking is that this will be best provided by improving access via the external chancel door on the north wall. Access will be improved by sloping paths (which are almost level anyway) and improving the door so that it will be more airtight. Appropriate signing will be provided. This door will then be unlocked too, when the church is unlocked, thus creating a second escape route from the building.
A “tidying up” of certain areas in the church that currently don’t look their best (such as the particularly unattractive roof in the choir vestry / tower)
The provision of WiFi in the church building.
There will be additional fundraising required for phase 3 but it is hoped that the work could be completed by the end of 2020. Plans are currently being drawn for Phase 3 after which consultation with planning authorities will need to take place.
Architect’s drawings for redesigned porch