Crucial to the whole vision for the building is the unlocking of the internal space. This cannot happen until the poor quality and badly fitting Victorian pews are removed. This is happening in two phases:
- Phase 1 (autumn 2017) has already seen the removal of all pews west of the crossing as well as those in the south aisle. Three pews by the north door have also been removed to accommodate a new welcome area. These areas are coloured yellow on the plan below. One hundred chairs are now available for use in these areas when needed but the intention is to keep much of the space free for other activities.
- Phase 2 (February and March 2019) will constitute the removal of all the remaining pews (central nave and north aisle), replacement of the floors beneath and the purchase of replacement chairs. This is the area coloured pink on the plan below.
The softwood flooring beneath the pews has been replaced with engineered oak flooring.Two large radiators behind the pews in the nave crossing have been relocated; one to the south screen of the new children’s room and the other incorporated into the north bar of the new kitchen area.Abbey Chair, from Trinity Church Furniture as illustrated. We have engaged in a good deal of debate involving the congregation and the Diocesan Advisory Committee (and others). In particular we have been keen to choose a chair which represents good value for money and which meets several other criteria. Chair donation form
You can read more about chairs and pews here.
You can buy a pew here