Developers begin to dismantle Bingham Methodist Church

Developers begin to dismantle Bingham Methodist Church

The rebuild of Bingham Methodist Church has entered an exciting phase as appointed developers A & S Enterprises of Burton on Trent have begun to demolish the old building. The old premises are set to be replaced by a new multi-purpose church and community centre due to open in early 2016. There will be an official opening of the new building on 10th April 2016. A & S Enterprises have previously worked locally with the project architects Allen Joyce, most notably on the Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Church Hall and Sawley Medical Centre in Long Eaton. The demolition had been put back due to delayed removal of utility services from the site. Now, with the final service of mains gas being taken out at the end of April, work has begun in earnest. Initially work took place internally to prepare the site and reclaim building materials that could be salvaged for reuse. Now larger equipment has been brought in to tackle the task of bringing down the walls and clearing the rubble from the site. Samantha Mattos, spokesperson for the Church said ‘The slight delay to the start of works was disappointing as everyone was keen to get the project moving after being 14 years in the pipeline. The church community is very excited that the work is finally starting and many of us will be popping down over the next few days to watch the demolition. The church holds many personal memories for the congregation and although it will be sad to see it go, we are all looking forward to the future in a new building fit for modern worship and...
Bingham Methodist Church secures full planning permission for new building

Bingham Methodist Church secures full planning permission for new building

Bingham Methodist Church’s congregation are celebrating their plans becoming reality as their project to replace the old Methodist Church with a new multi-purpose church and community centre has been granted full planning permission by Rushcliffe Borough Council. Full consent had been approved earlier this year by Bingham Town Council, but with that decision recently being ratified by the Borough Council, the scheme can now press ahead. The project architects Allan Joyce are drawing up a detailed specification for the building scheme to go out to contractors for tender shortly, and the steering group will be appointing a structural engineer to guide them through the project as it unfolds. Demolition and building work is expected to start in January 2015. In addition plans are being made for a final service in the old building towards the end of 2014, and for a celebratory opening service when construction is completed in 2016. Meanwhile fundraising efforts towards the scheme are to continue. Bingham Methodist Church has so far raised £1.7m via its BReAD appeal towards the construction and any additional monies raised will cover supplementary costs of the building work as well as internal fixtures and fittings. The new centre will provide a multi-use seated area with audio/visual facilities to be used for a variety of community meetings, and provide a worship space for Catholic Mass and Methodist Services on a Sunday. The building will feature a large hall with three smaller meeting rooms, and an entrance area where refreshments can be served. It will be designed to minimise energy consumption and use new technologies, and provide much better access particularly for...
Bingham Methodist Church Building Project Moves One Step Closer

Bingham Methodist Church Building Project Moves One Step Closer

Bingham Methodist Church’s ambitious scheme to replace the old Methodist Church with a new multi-purpose church and community centre has moved one step closer with full planning consent being approved by Bingham Town Council. No objections to the proposals were received from the public or raised by the planning committee and the plans will now pass to Rushcliffe Borough Council for final approval. A decision is expected by 15 June 2014. Bingham Methodist Church has so far raised £1.7m via its BReAD appeal towards the building work and fundraising is continuing to cover the cost of internal fixtures and fittings. Once full planning permission is secured work is provisionally scheduled to begin from 1st December 2014 and be completed in time for Christmas celebrations in 2015. The new centre will provide a multi-use seated area with audio/visual facilities to be used for meetings such as U3A and Women’s Guild, whilst also providing a worship space for both Catholic Mass and Methodist Services on a Sunday. The plans feature a large hall with three smaller meeting rooms, and an entrance space with tables and chairs where coffee can be served. It will be designed to minimise energy consumption and use new technologies. The new development will provide much better access particularly for the disabled and will provide a focal point for the town centre. The Rev Richard Tanner said: “Fourteen years after we first had the vision to create a new church and community centre in the heart of Bingham we are nearly there. With our town rapidly expanding, the facilities we can provide are going to be needed more...
The Crown Estate ‘Future Bingham’ Proposal

The Crown Estate ‘Future Bingham’ Proposal

As we all know The Crown Estate are planning to build a ‘new’ town on the other side of the railway line. These plans have been unanimously approved by the Rushcliffe Borough Council. The new town with have over 1,000 homes, jobs and £7 million investment in local infrastructure. But what are the plans exactly. We have done some research, taken it and put it into this article for you fellow Binghamers to read at your leisure. “The Crown Estate’s planning application aims to secure a buoyant future for Bingham.” The outline of The Crown Estate’s plans are: A local centre off Chapel Lane with a primary school with a primary school, and sites for a potential community centre and localised retail such as a newsagents and convenience shopping. The plans originally proposed a health facility but has since changed. The Crown Estate have apparently put in a sum of money towards the new Bingham Medical Centre on Newgate Street, which has just recently opened. See article. Three children’s play areas. The potential for financial contributions to a range of additional or improved community facilities such as the primary school site, secondary school places, community and health facilities. A 1km long linear park occupying 5.82 hectares, based on the current Car Dyke. Enhancing Parson’s Hill within a 4.9 hectare Country Park concept integrated by foot and cycle paths with the proposed lake and linear park. The use of 17.2 hectares for new employment in a range of light and general industrial, business, and storage uses with the potential for creating 1,400 jobs. Up to 1000 new house in a...
Manor House may have a bright future

Manor House may have a bright future

The Friends of Bingham Manor House have made a bid to transform the 17th century Manor House. The group who want to renovate the Grade 2 listed building, which has stood empty for 15 years, have made a £1.8 million big to the Heritage Lottery Fund after ten months or planning and public consultation. If the application is accepted and passes the first round of bid process, the money would be ring-fenced by the lottery fund. This would allow the group to work on the smaller details of the project and prepare for the second round. The renovation plans include building a large community hall for a capacity of 250 people to the back of the property. Other facilities include a kitchen, bar and toilets are also being installed. The plans have been backed by residents during a public consultation in June. Parts of the house and outbuildings would be used by Robert Miles Junior School for dance, music, art and cookery lessons. A recording studio is also going to be installed and the facilities would be available to the public when not being used by the school. There will also be a meeting room which can hold a capacity of 40 people and offices for rent to start-up businesses. Geoff Ashton, a member of the group, said that they had four mountains to climb – applying for the grant, accessing additional funding, agreeing a price for the house and securing planning permission with listing building consent. “This project would fulfil a need for a community centre that Bingham Town Council has recognised for 35 years, but has been...
Manor House Renovation

Manor House Renovation

The Friends of Bingham Manor House are wanting to restore the historic 17th Century building to be used by the community could apply to the Town Council for up to £500,000 in funding. The Grade 2 listed building has stood empty for at least 15 years. The project is expected to cost around £1.4 million and the group is preparing to bid for up to £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund – this requires a 10% local authority match funding and any council grant would include up to £180,000 match funding. The ground will also seek funds from other sources which could include asking the council for help from its community chest, some which is earmarked for a community centre. Other options include asking the council for a loan or involving it as partner in the project. The council has previously agreed in principle to provide money for the project. The Friends of Bingham Manor House are looking into three options of what the renovation and development could become, with the idea of including a small or large hall at the back to be used by the community. A large all would have a 250 seater auditorium, a meeting room for 40-50 people, a heritage room, dance studio, community radio studio, music room and six offices. School Governors and Nottinghamshire County Council have agreed to this in principle. The second option is a smaller hall with a 150 seater auditorium could be built in the yard at the rear of the house. The third option would be not to build a hall. Geoff Ashton, Chairman of The Friends...