Delight as £1.9m church hall transformation gets go-ahead

December 01 2014

MEMBERS of Redland Parish Church are "delighted" that planning permission has been granted for the £1.9 million redevelopment of its dilapidated community hall.

MEMBERS of Redland Parish Church are "delighted" that planning permission has been granted for the £1.9 million redevelopment of its dilapidated community hall.
Redland-based architects O'Leary Goss have been assigned to the 're:new' project, which will see the existing premises on Redland Green replaced with three modern, connected halls.
The three halls, which are to accommodate a wide-range of needs, can be opened up to form one large 280-seater hall for church and community use.
The redevelopment is to also include a modern kitchen, replacing the existing 1950s facilities.
Work is set to start on the project in August next year, with the new hall being open for use in September 2016.
The "much-needed" redevelopment, approved by the council last month, is being financed through fundraising efforts carried out by the church. Almost half of the total has already been raised.
It is hoped that proceeds, from a wide range of fundraising activities planned for the new year, will boost funds significantly, says the church.
The Redland May Fair, which took place earlier this year, chose the 're:new' project as its charity, raising around £2,500.
Reverend Mars Goodman, associate vicar of Redland Parish Church, said: “We're really delighted planning permission has been granted. We did think long and hard about trying to repair the old halls, but in the end realised this was a fantastic opportunity to create a highly flexible and sustainable, modern community space.
"The new halls will revitalise our own community activities like Lantern Preschool, our toddler groups and the Redland Education Centre. And they will also offer much improved facilities to the many local people and community groups that use our halls.
"[It] will be much more sustainable than the old hall. It will include renewable energy, and will be better insulated, so benefiting the environment and our nearest neighbours."
A spokesperson from the Redland and Cotham Amenities Society, which supports the development, said: "This building is a valuable community amenity and the expansion of space which can
be used by the local community in an area where there is a shortage of available community space is most welcome."
O'Leary Goss architect, Edwin Hill, said: “We work around the corner from the church so it’s lovely to be involved with this neighbourhood project.
“The design offers the choice of three main halls and folding partitions which open to one large room, plus new catering kitchen, lounge and foyer.
“Now the Council has passed the plans and £950,000 of fundraising has been achieved. We hope to start this lovely community facility in 2015."