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PROJECT MANAGERS REPORT 31st Jan 2016
Much has gone on over the last 6 months and we are now starting off on our course with our Architect partners to develop the scheme. Following the 2nd stage consultation and the revised outline Architects brief which was completed in July we invited 4 Architects practices to be involved in our selection process, they were issued with a number of documents and surveys of the church and in August / September came along to view the premises, they were asked to consider our development and come up with ideas and initial proposals and make a presentation to us.. The 4 practices were CPL, Purcell, Theis & Khan & Molyneux
At the end of November / early December we had the presentations – this would enable us to select an Architects practice who we felt would be the best choice to become our partner in the scheme. (copies of the presentation documents were available at the back of the church –end of last year). The panel consisted of the minister, David Skipp (URC) Church secretary & Treasurer and other members of the finance & fabric committee.
In the end the selection process which can often be fraught with difficulties with members championing a different practice, was in fact very easy. We were unanimous in the decision to invite CPL to work with us . We liked their approach to the scheme and their desire to work closely with us – they are also a practice with committed Christian values (CPL stands for Church Projects Limited), references were taken up and these were excellent.
On Wednesday 27th Jan we met with them to formally invite them to work with us on the development, there will be the inevitable paperwork to complete – signed by the church – trustees ie deacons. They will initially be undertaking a feasibility and option study which will be presented to us in the summer – this will give us a much clearer picture on what we can achieve for our resources.
Our liability for their fees will be limited initially to this stage Derek Kemp – senior partner of CPL will come and talk about the scheme in one of our services (20 March) and there will be a number of open sessions at other times where those interested can come and chat to the design team
The architects will be starting from square one – examining the brief and looking at lots of different ideas – even if many will eventually be discounted. Eventually we will end up with a confirmed brief and a feasible design – from where we can start on the main design of the project.
JOINT COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY 26TH AUGUST This meeting was called as part of our development plans. Our church is a ‘Local Ecumenical Partnership’ or LEP between Christ Church URC and New Southgate Baptist Churches to form Christ Church. This means that we need to consult both denominations as part of the legal underpinning of our plans. The meeting was attended by the Moderator of the North Thames URC synod and the Regional Baptist Minister representing the 2 denominations; along with members of church, Caroline Rogers (our Minister), Frances Mudford (who will be managing the project for us) and the Buildings Advisor for the URC synod.
The meeting agreed and minuted that we should investigate further and approach architects to produce plans. The group will need to reconvene in about a year to discuss the capital arrangements to allow funds from the sale of a Baptist building to be used to refurbish and improve a URC building.