Redevelopment Project

Phase 1

Phase 2

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As we look to see Reading transformed there has also been a growing need to see the transformation of our buildings to give us a more suitable base to reach out to Reading. This redevelopment journey will transform our site to provide more transparent, environmentally sustainable and welcoming spaces, opening us up to face the community and providing a wider range of facilities for Greyfriars, the community and our partners alike.

Construction is taking place in two phases. Phase 1 began in July 2020 and will be completed in September 2021 with the opening of the Atrium. Phase 2 will begin in August 2021 with the demolition of the existing Centre. We aim to complete delivery of the replacement Centre for Christmas 2022. On this website you can follow the story with regularly updated blog posts, read about the plans in detail and find out how you can get involved by giving to the project.

Getting into the swing of things

The first full working week has passed and activity in the Atrium is thriving. Stock is selling, Christmas cards are... Read more

The doors are opened!

On Friday 5th November the Atrium opened for it's first trading day! Throughout the day their was a steady flow... Read more

Unwrapping the future

The counters are fitted, chairs are being unwrapped, coffee shop appliances installed and branding mounted on the walls. Do check... Read more

The furniture’s in!

The Atrium is taking great shape! The toilets are up and running, soft furnishings are being delivered, empty shelves are... Read more

Clearing the way

The church centre has been knocked down and bricks cleared to make way for Phase 2: the new church centre.... Read more

Meet the team

Left to right: Arash Shokhoui, Niloofar Shokouhi Rad, Thea Green, Rebekah Overton-Cox Arash Shokhoui - Bookshop Manager Arash and Niloo... Read more

The Roof Crumbles

On Tuesday 31st August the demolition team started to knock down the exterior walls and roof of the church centre.... Read more

The latest on site

It has been a week of deconstruction and planting new life on site. See the latest news on site with... Read more

Redevelopment prayer group

Are you a prayer warrior? For years prayers have been spoken over the church; for church activities, those working on... Read more

Progress on Phase 2

Preparations to demolish the church centre: a timeline Preparations are well underway for Phase 2. Prior to the existing centre... Read more

Join the Atrium team

Seeking staff and volunteers for the Atrium The Atrium Coffee Shop and Bookshop will be launching in October and following... Read more

An update on Phase 1

Atrium takes shape but suffers critical delay Whilst the interiors of the Atrium have made good progress, and the external... Read more

Sackville Street offices

Huge progress has been made on site. Over the last month a small number of operational and administrative staff have... Read more

Site tour

It is an exciting day on site. With little over a month to go until the planned completion date for... Read more

The Atrium plans

(This article was first published in One Family magazine in April 2021) The new Atrium promises to be an open,... Read more

Update Evening Catch Up

As Phase One is in the last months of building, and phase two is granted permission, we held an update... Read more

Update evening

As work progresses at a pace with phase 1, and planning has been approved for phase 2 there is much... Read more

The way in

What a welcome will greet the people of Reading when we re-open. Here are a few pictures of the generous... Read more

Latest progress images

Every time we go to site something visually significant has progressed now. The roof is now on the atrium area... Read more

Atrium update

While the contractors continue at pace with the shell of the new buildings, the Redevelopment Team is working with experts... Read more

Supporting history

One of the most challenging parts of the project is nearly complete. The work to support the historic West End... Read more

Latest phase 2 designs

The Council’s planning team has now agreed, in principle, to support the revised designs for the outside of the new... Read more

Breakthrough!

The journey to get to this moment has been a huge challenge that the developer has embraced with great determination... Read more

Site manager, Sean Panther

The many challenges that come with working on a listed building are being managed by the amazing site manager Sean.... Read more

Phase 1 takes shape

Even with Christmas approaching, there's no stopping our contractors who have over the past few days built the steel structure... Read more

Steels are up

The skeleton of the building is really starting to take shape on site as the first of the steel beams... Read more

Taking shape

A big day on site yesterday as the concrete was poured to form the base for the new foyer. After... Read more

Letter to the church

This email was sent to the church on 14th November 2020: Dear church family, Following on from the redevelopment update on 4th November,... Read more

Update session video

Progress is well under way of Phase 1 of the redevelopment project. We are now very much turning our attention... Read more

The vision for mission

As we begin to look at phase two of the building project we wanted to lay out the vision for... Read more

New Centre images revealed

As we prepare for phase two of the project which tackles the part of the site currently occupied by the... Read more

Foundations

It's exciting to see activity levels really increasing on site now. The outline of the new Foyer starts to show... Read more

10 months to go

In many ways it doesn't look like much has changed on site over recent weeks, but that doesn't mean anything... Read more

All One

Work has continued a pace over the last few days. One of the most significant steps forward was the breakthrough... Read more

West end… end

This week we have said farewell to the old West End room as it is demolished to make way for... Read more

Breakthrough

As we head into week two of the building project the developers have moved from the 'soft strip' (taking up... Read more

Work begins on site

Today, Monday 20th, preparation of the site begins. The contractors, Ash, are at Greyfriars for their first day and are... Read more

Project update evening

With 4 days to go until work starts, we gathered online to share all the details of the project and... Read more

Redevelopment begins this month

After 20 years of praying, planning and preparing for redeveloping the site at Greyfriars, we are really excited that work... Read more

Work goes on

Our world may have changed dramatically over the last few months, but the vision that lies behind the Redevelopment project... Read more