Refurb Phase One coming in 2019. more...
The Brunswick Estate is currently undergoing a major refurbishing and rebuilding programme via a Private Finance Initiative. The first part of this took place several years ago with the building of a brand new health centre and the rebuilding of Medlock School. The recession delayed the next stage, but that is now in full swing, with parts of the estate being redesigned, new houses built, others demolished, and others being refurbished. This of course has pastoral and other implications and as a church we have been deeply involved in the whole planning and consultation processes. We have also been able to help individuals and families as they cope with moving, losing neighbours, having parts of their houses knocked down and the general dust and change. Early in the process a major consultation was done with local people and Brunswick Church came out of it very favourably with a high approval rating, making our building in many ways the heart of the local community.
With that in mind, and with our building showing more than a little wear and tear from over 40 years extensive daily use by church, community and other organisations, we feel it's time for some refurbishment and improvement alongside that happening around us. A ‘Refurb’ group, which includes church members and representatives from S4B (the PFI company) has been put together to oversee this process. We began by doing our own survey of what local people wanted from this building and this led to a number of ideas. One of these - solar panels - was completed in 2016. A priority from the survey was to make the building warmer and less draughty and the first stage of work on heating and insulation was completed in late 2017. We now have appointed architects to help us with the next stages - and have now unveiled plans for what we are calling 'Phase One'. Check it out here.
Obviously, this project will need careful planning and resourcing. This could take the form of gifts or skills 'in kind', or financial help and, for those who do, prayer. How much we can do will depend on how much we can raise.
Our building is a great resource for this community and we'd like to see it continue to be so. If you would like to know more or help, please get in touch. To support Refurb please use this form. Read our January 2018 update for friends and building users here.
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