Since our last AGM a lot has happened. We’ve met on a number of occasions both as Building & Finance Teams and as joint Teams.
Since the last report, MayWay Construction the initial constructors have merged with ProVision and this merger brought an injection of alternative design ideas.
To balance this and ensure we were happy that we had considered other alternatives, we approached another architectural practice and invited them to provide an alternative scheme. Price wise there wasn’t a vast difference between them but we did notice the difference in approach and design which focussed our minds and lead us to choose Provision (MayWay) as our Architect and Constructor.
Perhaps the most key development has been the submission of our Planning Application.
This planning process saw a lot of activity both by us and also by ProVision and we have had some enjoyable times considering alternatives and solutions particularly around the area of access. I have to say we have been very well supported thus far by the ProVision team and because of their experience of both church building projects and being practising Christians this has meant short lines of understanding our needs.
This is due to go before the Planning Committee of Wellingborough Council on the 3rd April 2013.
In the last AGM report I reported that the project cost was around £1.2 million. Since that time ProVision have come on board and redrawn the building following our request for the possibility of a first floor and presented us with additional items that would be needed if that was our final decision.
We had a joint Building and Finance team meeting in February where we spent time going over those additional items, we took the view that we would trust God and look to the future and build in a future extension now. This has pushed our final total up to £1.6 million.
Again we shall look to the expertise of ProVision as we look to exactly how we raise £1.6 million they will be helping the Finance Team draft a document that can be used in approaching funders.
A more detailed report will be published at our Easter Day of Prayer.