Work on the St Nicolas Centre has been pressing ahead at great speed over the Easter period. No break for the hard working builders.
It’s now much easier to envisage what the hall and the rooms are going to look like. Can you spot a vicar?
And from the outside you can see the roofline and the new windows are in changing the feel of the building.
We’ll be posting more regular updates and some views of the individual areas soon, watch this space.
There’s snow on the ground (and the walls and the concrete and the skip) and the weather report tells us it feels like -6 degrees centigrade; but whilst most of the country grinds to a standstill the builders are still hard at work on the St Nicolas Centre.
With even worse weather forecast over the next few days they’re doing all they can to prepare the site. The office will be busy making them hot drinks today I’m sure.
You don’t visit site for a few days and look what happens – a roof appears!
The St Nicolas Centre is busy growing taller by the day. A roof line on the hall extension gives a promise of weather proof rooms.
A growing wall of breeze blocks on the link creates an inside space where there’s never been one.
And the increased ceiling space in the main hall takes our eyes ever upwards.
I wonder what next week will bring?
Watch this space.
We can now clearly see the space which will be available inside the St Nicolas Centre.
Space for groups of all sorts of sizes;
space in terms of floor plan and ceiling height;
space to welcome,
space to partner
and space to grow.
Photo 1: meeting rooms and offices
Photo 2: double height hall space
Photos 3&4: link space for the community
Photo 5: a tiny space into the office (a little unexpected)
If you weren’t sure from the plans and diagrams what the link would look like then the photos might help. The foundations have been laid which means you can see the actual lines of the link building. No longer will our site be physically divided; we will be a joined up centre for the whole community.
View of the link foundations from the church hall
Close up of the link foundations
View of the link foundations for the back of the garden
It may be wet and windy and cold and grey, but that doesn’t stop the builders, they’ve been hard at work whatever the weather.
Concrete foundations and for slab for the hall side extension were poured in December and are now set, ready for the next stage.
It’s becoming ever more obvious how much space the extension will give for offices and meeting rooms. Both the church office and REinspired will have the space they need to work effectively, and a resource room will allow the photocopier to chug away without deafening everyone. And there will be rooms available for meetings, small groups, consultations or prayer.
View from the car park of the side extension with builders in the rain
View of the side extension from inside the church hall
View of the side extension from the back of the church site.
Many of us have been struck by the sight of the foundations and reminded that we need their strength to ensure everything stands strong. In the same way, God is our foundation and without Him we know we would not have the strength for the development of the St Nicolas Centre.
Julia had this wonderful idea a couple of months ago – take a group to the local pub, sing lots of well known carols, hold a raffle, have a lot of fun and raise money for the St Nicolas Centre. Everyone who heard her idea agreed it was a fab plan and signed up to come along.
Fast forward to last night and these photos show just what a success Julia’s idea was. A pub full of people, loads of smiles on faces, plenty of Christmas cheer and over £300 raised for the St Nicolas Centre.
Thank you Julia and everyone who joined in. Same time next year?