Opening New Doors is the title of our exciting new building project with a vision for improving our hospitality and welcome. This is the place to find out what it’s all about and to keep up to date with what’s happening.
Have you ever tried to come into the Church pushing a child’s buggy or in a wheelchair? First you have to make your way to the rear of the building. Yes, we have a ramp but after that a heavy door opening towards you, an awkward corner and another door, before you arrive in a narrow, dark corridor. It’s not a great welcome!
This was the question that lay before us 3 years ago. Whilst considering how to solve this problem we became more aware of other drawbacks in the premises and potential major work needed such as broken, heat losing windows.
We wanted everyone to contribute to the discussion and so held a series of open consultations. As a result we drew up a list of objectives.
The Aims and Objectives
- A single entrance for all
- Easier progress around the building
- Individual access to all rooms
- Improved access for mobility impaired
- Provide an invitation to explore faith
Hospitality / Welcome
- How do we appear to those passing by and those coming through the door?
- For Aroma and Church to be seen to belong together
- Upgrade the notice board outside
Environment / Energy conservation
- Window upgrade to reduce heat loss
- Solar panels
- Heating / lighting to be more energy efficient
- Additional space to enable activities currently off site to use our rooms
- The ability to maintain current activities on the premises
- Sound and vision upgrade
What are we going to do?
- Improve the front entrance to provide easy access to all by providing a ramp, steps etc.
- Remove the current porch which does not allow disabled access.
- Improve side entrance to give access to all rooms from central hub.
- Provide new upstairs rooms to extend provision for all.
- Consider new, heat efficient windows, efficient heating, lighting, AV & sound, and solar panels to produce electricity.