Future Plans

The future of St Andrew's church building

September 2017 Newsletter

Over the past few months very serious consideration has been given to how to proceed with the much-needed improvements to the buildings at St Andrew’s – and also now a new group has been formed to work out what activities will/can be provided in the future. The two must match up – the buildings are only the shell in which the activities take place (and of course some church-run activities take place outside the buildings.)

The scheme we had in January was expected to cost about £3 million. Sean Brady our fund-raising adviser is of the view that it would be very difficult to raise this sum in a reasonable period of time. We need to get the improvements underway as soon as possible of course as the rain is still dripping in, the boilers are even nearer the end of their lives and the heat is disappearing out of the uninsulated walls and single glazed windows. So our architects Gagarin Studio made a series of significant changes to the first scheme with a view to reducing the costs. At the Annual Church Meeting in June (equivalent to an AGM) church members were very clear that they want to have space for community as well as church activities.

Even following revisions the scheme will cost over £2.5 million. We are not far away from applying for planning permission for this scheme. But we think that realistically we have to work in 2 phases – so that fund-raising for the second phase can carry on even after Phase 1 has been finished and brought into use. This first phase will cost around £1.7 million. Drawings will be displayed on a Noticeboard (not the Noticeboard previously used as it gets wet when the rain is heavy!).

The overall scheme will retain more of the existing buildings, but with significant alterations and improvements (including the roofs of course) that will create a range of rooms and spaces that enable St Andrew’s to be a Church and a community facility. In Phase 1 no alterations would be made inside the Main Hall or the Disco Room (where Little Monkeys Playgroup meets). These don’t leak so unfortunately can’t get priority.


Money Matters  Through donations and fundraising efforts we’ve raised over £24,000 over 2 years – including £10,000 in the first 6 months of this year. This amount will allow us to pay for professional fees (architects, structural engineer’s work, cost consultant’s calculations and fund-raising advice) as well as the fee for submitting a planning application. It will then be time to write our Business Plan and apply for grants to external funders. However our own fundraising must continue as we look to raise the £1.7 million needed.

We must reiterate the urgent need to move forward with this project. The quinquennial report in early 2015 listed items in the premises that are already problematical, dilapidated and not up to today’s expectations, with an additional list of work that needs to be done in the near future. Since then we have only carried out the bare essential repairs (such as repair of broken glass). Looking around it is not hard to see where more extensive work is needed due to continuing deterioration.

Fund-raising needs to move up a gear so that we are able to start work. In order to be able to do that we are going to apply for planning permission and when that is granted we can start as soon as the money is available. Grant sources usually do not consider giving grants until planning permission has been obtained. But we will have to raise or donate a lot of money ourselves – congregation and community together.

If you feel you can make a one-off donation to the Development Fund, there are specific envelopes on the vestibule table. These are Purple Gift-Aid envelopes and we would appreciate it if you could complete the details on the back so we can claim the tax back on your donation. If for example you give £100 then we can claim tax back of another £25 – a welcome donation from the Chancellor of the Exchequer! If you could make a regular contribution to the Development Fund, there are standing order forms available with the Fund’s bank account details, for you to complete and send to your bank. Again please indicate if you are able to Gift-aid your donations. Regular giving is really useful, helping us to be sure of continuing monthly support.

LATEST NEWS     Our application for planning permission for the redevelopment scheme was submitted on 15th Feb. 2017.

FEBRUARY 2019 Update

During recent months there has been a growing feeling amongst church members that the redevelopment envisaged was too ambitious and too costly. The Church Council decided to ask our architects to draw up plans for a project that would cost around a million pounds. The Development Group has been working with the architects and we expect  those plans will soon be available.

On 28th Feb. the Church Development Group presented the Church Council with some outline plans for a project costing £1million. This would involve the deolition of the current church building and its replacement by a smaller one  where the Moore Hall now stands. This modern building would incorporate the latest technology to cut heating and maintenance costs, provide a warm and dry building and be environmentally friendly.

MAY 2019 Update

Our architects have now presented three plans for a building which will cost about £1 million. Thess plans are now being considered by the church members and other users.

JUNE 2019 Update

The Church Development Group have now chosen which of the three plans we will proceed with. The architects are now working on this plan.

AUGUST 2019 Update

The architectshave produced their plan foor the chosen option. The Church Council has instructed the Church Development to proceed with application for Planning Permission for the new plans.

St Andrew’s New Building Project

Update October 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

The Church Development Group (CDG) feel that the New Building Project is at a stage where an update as to what has happened so far and what comes next is needed.

Drawings have been on display following the request to the Architect to produce a design for approximately £1,000,000. After consultation, one of the proposals was approved and proposed by the CDG to the Additional Church Council Meeting on the 18th August. The proposal was unanimously agreed. The project was then proposed to the Circuit Meeting on the 18th September. The Circuit Meeting was asked to support the project and commit to a grant of up to £100,000. This was also unanimously agreed, and the Methodist Consents Website has been updated accordingly. A planning application is also in process with Calderdale Council.

A model of the proposed building has been made to help those who have difficulty seeing what architectural drawings are trying to show, (see below). The new building will be in the bottom righthand corner of the plot of land (looking at the site from Huddersfield Road) so that we can continue to use the majority of the current buildings whilst work is being done.

So what next? This is where the documentation and marketing need to begin so that the project is seen by outside groups and those organisations who fund this sort of work see the support and need for what St Andrew’s will be offering to the community and user groups.

A business plan is in the process of being written to describe where we are at present and what the hopes and dreams are for the future building. This includes facts and figures about the building, running costs, the current users and the new work that is hoped to begin as a result of the new premises.

The project will be presented to the District Property Committee in February 2020 and will then need Connexional Approval before any work can begin. However, Connexional approval will not be given until 80% of the funding needed has been promised or received. Therefore, we need to make sure that commitment to doing the preparation work, including fund raising, is given the full support of the church and its friends and users.

Although the figure of £1,000,000 has been quoted, we must be aware that there will be additional costs to complete this project. So, we can’t just aim to raise the amount and then stop. As we gather more information, we will be able to be more accurate in the costing of the project and this will be included in further communications from the CDG.

If there are any questions or to make suggestions as to uses, funding sources, etc, please don’t hesitate to ask or tell someone.

Rev Terry Keen

On behalf of the CDG