Dudley Community Church
Known throughout the area, Dudley Community Church has for many years been an integral part of the community and offers support services that go way beyond the Sunday Service from a building just across the carpark, and known locally as Dudley Counselling Centre.
The building, previously a public house, “The British Oak” and known for its real ale, was converted in 2003 and has since been offering services to the community that include:
- Food Bank
- Soup Kitchen
- Money Management Advice
- Addiction support
- Play therapy
The success of the centre meant an increase in visitors, and it was apparent that the layout of the building though suitable as Public House, didn’t lend itself to providing the most efficient space as a community centre, nor was it able to accommodate the ever increasing numbers requiring the centre’s support.
The proposal was to demolish the existing building and replace it with a purpose-built facility capable of delivering the services so very much needed by the local community.
Paul Rees of Harper Sperring Architects, Dudley, created the initial designs and planning drawings and has done an excellent job of designing a centre with a look and feel that incorporates many contemporary design features while balancing the needs of the local planning officers.
Behind all such plans, there is generally a church committee, a dedicated bunch of individuals who selflessly set aside their own time to breath life into the projects so desperately needed, and this one has been no exception. With many doors knocked, letters written, and handshakes made, the committee was finally in a position to move forward with the build having raised the required funds.
For us as Church Building Contractors, we became involved with the project back in 2017 when when first visited the site, and after numerous meetings and a rigorous vetting process, we were delighted to be appointed as the principal contractor to carry out the work.
A Design and Build project, we will be responsible for the design and specification of the external and internal finishes as well as the M&E design and installation.
The new building which will be know as the Lighthouse Centre, will be able to accommodate up to 90 people and additional staff, has been designed to provide a better user experience with segregated areas providing the privacy needed when offering such sensitive services. You can see the layout in our gallery here.
Heavily involved in community projects myself, I know the difference centres like this can make, and I look forward to working with the church committee in delivering their new building.
Harsimran Singh – Project Manager
The Construction Team
When does the project start – February 2019
What is the projected build duration – Late 2019
What are the daily working hours – 8.00am to 5.00pm
Noise – Certain jobs are noisier than others, and these will be carried out after 9.00am
Dust – Modern methods of building keep this to a minimum
Deliveries – These will be planned to cause minimal disruption to the surrounding area.
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