The Transformation Project

WHAT THE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT IS ABOUT

THE VISION OF ST MARY’S

‘St Mary’s has always been at the heart of the
community and adapted itself to the needs of the time. We must now transform our beautiful, historic building to provide new facilities; to ensure sustainability for our work and to create accessibility for the whole community.’
Rev Erwin Lammens, Rector at St Mary’s.

Alongside St Mary’s need for better facilities, we are aware that there is a shortage of larger community spaces within Wivenhoe. Our Transformation Project will allow us to help service this need for both the Church and the community by:

  • Building an Annexe with modern facilities and a Community Room seating at least 45 people.
  • Re-ordering our Nave by creating a more flexible seating arrangement.

The Transformation Project has already begun with some essential restoration and infrastructure work. By means of some generous donations we have installed a new heating system, upgraded the sound and installed a new AV system. New lighting is planned in 2018.
Now we move onto the next  phases of work.

ANNEXE COMMUNITY ROOM

The Annexe will be located on the south side of St Mary’s. It will provide greatly improved access, a flexible community room, new toilets and kitchen space available both for the Church and for use by external groups.

NEW SOUTH ENTRANCE
A larger porch to provide a shared lobby offering access to the church itself or the new facilities. The new level access will provide improved accessibility for all.
WC FACILITIES
Two new WC facilities including a toilet for disabled persons and baby changing facilities.
COMMUNITY ROOM
A large multi-purpose community room that can seat around 45 people. Double doors add the flexibility to open the space onto the churchyard.
KITCHEN
A small dedicated kitchen space for food preparation and serving.
LANDSCAPING THE CAROLIN GARDEN
The existing garden next to the south porch will be re-landscaped to create an attractive exterior social area.

RE-ARRANGING THE SEATING IN THE NAVE

In 2017 St Mary’s made a commitment to re-order the Nave by upgrading not only current infrastructure such as heating and lighting but also investigating how the Nave could be better utilised. This includes installation of more flexible seating in the Nave to maximise the function of this space, firstly in the Church’s primary role as a place of worship and secondly as a venue for a variety of community activities. Pews in the Chancel will not be touched.

By 2018 much of the infrastructure work will have been completed and we, in consultation with the Church’s Diocesan Advisory Committee, move onto exploring the different furniture options available to us.

REDECORATION OF THE INTERIOR OF THE CHURCH

Our Church building is also in need of a complete internal redecoration and new flooring. This work will be carried out alongside any change to the furniture.