We’re always excited about starting a new building project but this week sees the start of a project that we’ve been looking forward to for a little while now.
For Catshill Baptist Church the project has been on the drawing board for 4 years, and as you can imagine there has been a lot of debate over the development of the Church and what’s best.
Paul Fisher – Church Secretary
“the problem is that we have a building that’s been in use since the late 1800’s and its crumbling around us. As far as we can make out the building doesn’t have foundations so making improvements would have been costly and, might have required under pinning so it was never an option. Also, it’s an old school building with a vaulted ceiling which looks great, but we were losing a lot of heat up in the rafters and it just felt like there was a lot of wasted space up there too”.
The proposal is to demolish the original central building which for all intense and purposes is one large room with a high vaulted ceiling, replacing it with a modern two storey building incorporating a mansard roof structure.
Creating a Mansard Roof allows maximum use of space due to no loft being formed; you can literally build into the roof space creating more rooms.
At the ground floor level the new building will provide a much larger hall as well as two additional wings to provide storage/meeting rooms and a new kitchen area for food preparation. This will also free up space to create new male and female toilet blocks as well as baby changing facilities.
Upstairs a further meeting area will be created with a small kitchenette area to support it. In addition there will be new toilet as well as office space. Access will be provided via a new staircase as well as a lift for those less able.
Paul Fisher – Church Secretary
“when we set out to refurbish the church it was clear that it had to be community focused. With every proposal put forward we always asked the question, how is it going to benefit the community, and we really feel that we reached a fantastic compromise with the space we’ve created and the budget we had available”.
Catshill Baptist Church has been at the centre of the community for nearly 200 years and is seen as a meeting point for many of the locals with various groups basing themselves there.
For Cameron Butcher, being based in Birmingham gives us easy access to Catshill and the project is one that we’ve been looking forward to for some time. It contains all the elements that make for both an interesting and challenging job. As building contractors we are used to working on a variety of sites and having to adhere to the rigours of CDM 2015 with health and safety being a major consideration. With this particular project, in addition to the normal preparations we are also fully aware of the sensitive nature of working in close proximity to a graveyard and are mindful that people may wish to pay their respects to friends and loved ones whilst work is being carried out. We will also be working closely with the church to provide appropriate access to the congregation so they can see how the work is progressing during our time there.
As with other projects we’ll be updating our image gallery creating a photographic timeline as the project progresses.
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