A Hall for Generations to see

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A Hall for Generations to see

3 March 2014

It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to be involved in something that is going to be around for generations to come. Tonight with the very kind support from the Rev Andrew Whitehead, the Scouts spent time looking at the designs for the new proposed Church Hall linked to St Mary Magdalene Church.

Church Hall Design

Getting approval to build an extension at home can be difficult enough with having to get planning permission, hopefully not upsetting the neighbours, and agreeing the design with family.

Imagine what is like trying to build next to a church with parts dating back to the 15th century and rebuilt in the 1820s, with a graveyard dating back 100s of years and large trees with preservation orders on them, exactly in the place you want to build. In addition you are trying to build next to an English Heritage Grade 2 listed building, in a conversation area so additional approval is required.

Trying to take into account just the needs of a small family can be a difficult task for the Architects but what about trying to please 100 plus regular Church Congregational members, over a dozen Community groups that use the hall in various ways, and in a very visible area of our town.

So looking to minimise the impact on the graveyard and the tree, varies options are under consideration from a small extension (potentially not enough space), building round the tree, to a two storey extension. All have benefits, all have problems to overcome, a challenge ahead to be sure – which is the correct design we will have to wait and see.

The Scouts were asked what would they to see in the building, not just for them (otherwise that would have been a room full of XBoxs and an indoor 4G football pitch), but the other community groups as well.

So here goes a starter for 10 wish list:

The Building itself should have :

  • A kitchen
  • Toilets
  • A storeroom
  • Office space
  • Lounge area
  • Games room
  • A clear path for access
  • It should be lit up
  • A bigger spire !!
  • Strong windows (keep heat it, and football proof)
  • Eco friendly design – Heating, lighting and water usage
  • A waiting area (for parents!)
  • a big area for games
  • Cafe (fund raising opportunity)
  • A water fountain (they get thirsty playing games)
  • Heating – underfloor if possible
  • Solar Tiles
  • Cloak room
  • Low power lighting
  • Good locks for security
  • Car Park
  • Ramps for disabled people
  • A modern design

Inside the building:

  • Stationery storage
  • Paintings, Portraits
  • WIFI
  • Fold up chairs to maximise space
  • Benches
  • Tables
  • Books to read
  • Projector and screen
  • Notice boards
  • Vending machines
  • Small storage cupboard/space
  • Mats
  • Computers (maybe 2 or 3)
  • Audio system (BOSE sound system)
  • Flag pole