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Building for the Future – Internal Design Consultation

We invite you to comment on the internal layouts & potential ministries of the new church building.

While we have already received planning permission from Merton Council, that did not include most internal details. Among other things, this gives us an exciting opportunity for creating an internal design brief which we can give to the developer. Everyone is invited to view the consented plans and comment on how best we can use the space for gospel ministry. Please submit your feedback  by 18th March 2018.

When viewing the proposals and offering comments on what should be included in the final design brief, please bear in mind the following principles:

  • Gospel priorities – how best can we use the church to reach people with the gospel?
  • All ministries – how does the building need to be equipped for each of our different ministries?
  • Others – how does the building need to be used by young, old, regulars and visitors?
  • Longevity – how should the building be designed to ensure it lasts for future generations?
  • Cost – how can we be responsible with what God has graciously given to us?

Following the consultation, the BftF team will review the feedback received prior to agreeing a final design brief with the developer. There will be compromises to be made and difficult decisions will need to be taken with regards to priorities but for now, please ‘dream big’!

Once the design brief has been finalised it will be presented back to the church family.

To best view the presentation boards click Fullscreen.

If you have any questions or would like to submit comments, please email the Building for the Future team.

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  1. BFtF comments
    I think that it would be very nice to have a cafe at the front looking out on yo the street so that people outside can see in. Could hold lots of outreach / small group meetings there. There need to be some toilets fairly near- I can’t see a disabled toilet on the plans though I’m sure there must be one. Would it be possible to have a couple of child size toilets too.
    Where will Options pregnancy advice go.?
    Is there a lift to the different floors which is not used by the residents, to enable access to the second and third floors for all?
    Who will occupy the flats? Are they owned by the church to be rented out or to be sold on the open market? I am just a bit concerned about security issues if residents or their guests can share the same space – lifts , stairs and corridors- as the congregations- thinking mainly about children here, for instance if they leave their meeting room to go to the toilet.

    1. Jackie, thank you for the comments. We hope this reply is helpful, please let us know if you would like further information.

      1. Cafe: We like the idea of the cafe too and how it could help us engage with the local community. We really like the idea of using the cafe space in a creative way for outreach. Thank you.
      2. Currently, on the ground floor plans there are two disabled toilets connected to the cafe and adjacent to the book-store. They are confusingly labelled “Acc. WC” for accessible toilet.
      3. Child size toilets: Great idea, we have it on our list. Thank you
      4. Options: We are currently in a conversation with the trustees of Options, we’ll keep you posted.
      5. Resident access: Residents cannot access the church building on any level. They have a dedicated stairwell and lift.
      6: The 15 residential flats will be sold commercially.
      Of course security and safeguarding is of the utmost importance and so thank you for raising these concerns, hopefully these responses help to answer your concerns.

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