In May 2014, Ps Jon presented his vision for One Church Gloucester over the next few years. Within the vision, it became clear that some of the areas of church may not be fit for purpose and as a result of this, we as a church needed to invest into our buildings in the same way that generations before us did. In July we had our first vision offering and our second of the three followed in November.
An area that needed work was the Annexe, the little building to the side of our main building. It had become something less of a building that we use well, and more of a smaller hall that we ‘make work’. If as a church we want to commit to excel then it should be seen throughout all that we do, and that we own. As a result, it is time that the Annexe had a face lift with an aim for it to look like this:
The plans for the Annexe (not to scale)
Since October last year, we have been working on the Annexe refurbishment, transforming it into a building site. Many may not have even realized other than the fact that there is a skip outside of the garage doors. The Annexe building is not just the area that we see get used for kids or youth, but also a larger storage area that was once a garage. The first steps of the refurbishment saw the old garage door get taken out and replaced with some quieter, better looking doors that work for both us and our neighbours. We have been able to clear out the garage which became less of a storage area, and more of a dumping ground; this showed us how much space we actually have (and there is quite a lot).
We have knocked down a wall allowing access to the storage area from the main part of the building. There has been a small part of the wall in the large storage area removed allowing access to a smaller room with storage space for specific departments.
Within the main part of the building, the old kitchen/storage area is in the process of being transformed into a small kitchenette next to the hatch, and a multi-purpose classroom that will also be used for a recording studio. The old toilets in the Annexe have been ripped out, and instead of having a Gents, a Ladies and a disabled toilet, we have three unisex toilets with disabled access. The main hall is being converted into a foyer area and an auditorium style hall. In order to split the hall and the foyer, there will be a wall put in with access through double doors.
The flooring throughout the building will be replaced and the walls are being stripped of the notice boards and replaced allowing use for all departments without causing damage to anything else hung on the walls.
Here are some photos of the Annexe building and where we are up to right now:
The Annexe currently