In the last three years c£300,000 has been raised by the church congregation and used to install a fully accessible toilet on the ground floor, a new kitchen, toilets on the first floor, a new boiler, various electrical works, and the first phase of a new lighting system. These essential works have enabled the current level of ministry to continue but more extensive work to the exterior and interior is required to restore the building to former glories and establish its use for the rest of the 21st century and beyond.
The works primarily consist of:
- Repair and clean the glass windows and restore and redecorate the stonework on the external East wall (facing on to Gracechurch Street)
- Repair, clean and restore the external North and South facades
- Enable disabled access by creating ramped paving to the South door, installing new doors and reworking the 19th century doorcase
- Repair, clean and redecorate the barrel vaulted ceiling of the nave
- Install phase 2 of the lighting scheme
- Install a new PA/AV system
- Install roof safety equipment to enable roof and gutter maintenance
These works have been outlined in the Quinquennial Inspection of 2014 and total cost estimates are exceeding £550,000 which breaks down as follows (inc VAT):
|External repair and redecoration to East, North and South facades||£277,610|
|Internal repair, redecoration & lighting||£144,000|
|Ramped paving & doorcases, roof safety||£137,712|
Our strategy is to complete the work in phases as the funds are raised.
In March 2017, the National Churches Trust provided £3,000 in funding for a study to explore greater public access and to reveal the Wren and the church to wider audiences as well as to ultimately secure the fabric of the church. The study will assess the options and develop a strategy for taking the project forward. More details about the National Churches Trust can be found here.
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