Since 2009, the Millmead Centre has been undergoing a major building project, now due for completion in May 2020.

In the tabs below you can read more about the progress and planning, images from the building work, and architects’ impressions for the finished rooms.

Photos from the current building work are also regularly updated on our Facebook page.

Building Project

Vision and Scope of Phase 4

Phase 4 completes the project by completely redeveloping and extending the ground floor, providing new kitchen, eating, welcoming, gathering and worship spaces. It also includes the redevelopment of our outside spaces, providing a better connection with the river and the town.

 

This short video from Ian Stackhouse, our Senior Pastor, shows how the redeveloped spaces on the first and second floors have already enabled ministries to thrive, and goes on to address the urgent need to redevelop the ground floor. (Please note that this video, produced in 2017, references Phases 4A and 4B. As described above, the current proposal is for single, combined Phase 4.)

 

Animation of new spaces

In 2012 the Architects created an animation that moves you through the building. Whilst some details of the design have now changed, it still provides a good understanding of the spaces.

In February 2011, the church voted to start a phased redevelopment of the Millmead Centre. The project was split into four phases, as shown below:

Phase

 

Description

 

Status

 

1

 

Roof over Auditorium

 

Complete

 

2

 

Extended 2nd floor, all roof areas, two new staircases, lift, Chapel, external cladding, new electrical and mechanical services

 

Complete

 

3a

 

1st floor meeting rooms, breakout area and toilets (except over games room), and cladding

 

Complete

 

3b

 

New 1st floor meeting room over games room, windows to ground floor games room, cladding to north and east elevations

 

Complete

 

4

 

Ground floor toilets, disabled wet room, kitchen, stores, dining space, plus Auditorium lantern, windows and external cladding, Auditorium, foyer, front extension, landscaping

 

On site

 

Day-to-day management of the project has been delegated to a Project Team made up of members of the church and headed by Colin Henry, our Project Manager. The Project Team liaise with the Design Team, comprising: architects, Re-Format; main contractor, Caldera Construction; Quantity Surveyor, Ian Ford; M&E consultants, KUT and various specialist consultants. Throughout the project, the Project Team have intentionally engaged with church ministry groups and other users of the building to make sure the spaces created allow our various ministries to flourish. The team are available to chat to church groups or individuals at any time.

Colin Henry MBE – Project Manager

Graham Ball – Centre Manager

Anna Cheah – General and Structural

John Feltham – Finance

Tim Wears – AV and IT Infrastructure

Ian Stackhouse – Pastoral Leader

We are currently in the midst of Phase 4, due for completion May 2020.

Until recently, the proposal from the Project Team was to split Phase 4 into two: Phase 4A (ground floor toilets, disabled wet room, kitchen, stores, dining space, plus Auditorium lantern, windows and external cladding), and Phase 4B (Auditorium, foyer, front extension, landscaping).

In a slight change to the above plans, it was decided that the Auditorium lantern, which was leaking, would be treated as a separate mini-project, and completed as soon as funds became available. This work was completed during the summer of 2018.

 

Financial Proposal for Phase 4

In a departure from the previous plan, the Elders and the Project Team recommended that the remaining work is completed as one, single phase, supported by a loan of £1.6m from the Baptist Union Corporation. This approach has significant benefits in terms of time, cost and disruption to church life.

 

If you would like to give towards the Project, please click here for our Giving Financially page. We have two accounts and one is specifically for the building project, so look out for that information on that page.