Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church

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April 2022 Update (Easter) - The work is almost complete. The furniture is in the Oasis Lounge and final works are being done to the ramp. Nearly there!

January 2022 Update Work on altering the entrance to the building is well underway as is the ramp up from the street level to the floor level. New lights have been installed in the hall which is now called The Oasis Lounge and the Wesley Hall and storeroom lights have been upgraded. The Servery is under construction and the kitchen is being installed.

December Update The bricks that blocked the windows between the church and the hall have been removed allowing the light to enter into the church from the hall's new roof windows. The new toilets at the back of the church are in use as is the store room accessed via the Wesley Hall.

 September Update Work has started on creating a door between the Sanctuary and the Hall and the new disabled toilet that occupies the area where the servery was has now been handed over and is in use.

June Updat.  Work has started, the forecourt has been partitioned off and access is via the Oasis Door at the side of the church.   

What the Redevelopment Works entail

We are planning a major redevelopment of the church building to improve disabled access changing places throughout, including a changing places facility. 

The current ramp

This is the existing ramp that is steep and difficult to use. It is the only wheelchair access that connects the two levels of the church building.

The front of the church will be altered, providing a sweeping ramp up into the floor level of the newly refurbished church hall that will be on the same level as the sanctuary. The hall kitchen will be moved to the back of the hall to accommodate the ramp, as will the toilet facilities. There will be direct access between the hall and the sanctuary via a connecting door and the windows between the hall and the church will be exposed. 

The bookstall will operate from lockable cupboards along the ramp and there will be a reception/bookstall desk at the base of the ramp.

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How the new layout and frontage will look.   

front of church new layout           Just before the works began Before photos

                                                                                                                            

     

                   

 before redev

 New church layout

    Layout prior to redevelopment works

                   New layout (2022)



 


 We are grateful to East Herts Council, The Benefact Trust (formerly Allchurches Trust), Bishop's Stortford Town Council and the Brazier Trust  for their grants.

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