Phase 2 of the project is about transforming the existing church centre into a space that can hold many more activities than the existing building does. Clever design and thoughtful use of space means that even by sticking within the existing footprint, the new three-story centre will have substantially more usable space for church and outreach activities.
The new centre will be linked to the Phase One buildings by a wide corridor so, despite being separate buildings, the two spaces will work seamlessly together.
The ground floor of the new Centre will have a large hall plus kitchen and toilets. Above that on the first floor will be an open-plan office and meeting rooms, with further meeting rooms on the second floor. These will allow us to run and grow activities and ministries throughout the week as well as on Sundays.
In early March 2020 the Reading Borough Council Planning Applications Committee agreed the proposal. The PCC have since agreed changes to the plan to reduce the cost and to simplify the project. There is a lot of detailed design work still to be done, but ideally – and finance permitting – the plan would be to get straight on with this second phase of the project as soon as Phase 1 is completed.