THE PROJECT PROCESS
Planning began in 2008 to replace the existing church with a brand new centre. This was going to be much more cost-effective than extending or renovating the old building.
Fundraising began in 2010 with a launch evening where everyone was given a DIY fundraising kit to take home to get the ball rolling! We employed a fundraising consultant, Graham Collings, to work with us on a fundraising strategy, and as part of that strategy, we employed a part time fundraiser from 2013 – 2017 to raise the required funds.
There are a lot of people who have been working on the project for many years. They include a fundraising team and a building team who meet monthly to work on various aspects of the project. We also have a project manager called Chris Haire and an architect called David Babister, both of whom have years of experience working on large building projects and came highly recommended.
Planning permission was first granted in 2012 and then renewed in 2015 with a start on site needed by March 2018.
In the summer of 2017, we reached the point financially where we were ready to appoint a building firm to start the build. We went through the tender process to appoint a contractor and Watson & Cox were chosen to deliver the project.
On Monday 16 October 2017, the hoardings were put up around the church site and on Monday 23 October, the builders moved on-site to start the build. A Ground Breaking ceremony was held on 12 November 2017 once the demolition was complete.
Phase one of the building took approximately 42 weeks, This consisted of the building itself and the completion of the downstairs. We took possession of the keys to the building in December 2018. Samuels Christian Nursery and BMAC opened in January 2019 and the church began to hold three Sunday gatherings as well as mid week activities in the building.
Phase 1 of the The Broadmead Building Project, which enabled the opening of the ground floor, cost £2.66 million to build, made up of contractor costs of £2.4 million, and £257,000 of professional fees and fundraising expenses.
This has been funded from a number of sources:
- Loan funding of £1.39 million from The Baptist Union and other sources to be paid back over 20 years by monthly pledges made by members
- Grant and trust funding of £160,000 includes significant gifts from Allchurches Trust (£38,000), the Central Baptist Association (£38,000), the Laing Foundation (£25,000)
- Fundraising events have raised £33,000 (these have included the sponsored Three Peaks Walk, craft sales, quiz nights and afternoon teas)
- Sale of the church manse £310,000
- The remainder (£915,000) has come from monthly and one off gifts from the church congregation. This includes gift aid reclaimed on these donations