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 serving the needs of the wider Bingham community’.
Meanwhile fundraising efforts towards the scheme are continuing to cover fixtures and fittings for the new premises and the ‘BReAD’ (Bingham Reconstruction & Development) appeal is still open to general donations. Should anyone wish to contribute to the campaign they can do so by visiting the Just Giving website for the BReAD appeal www.justgiving.com/BMCbread
Additionally the project steering group are now actively seeking tenants for the retail and office spaces in the new building and anyone interested is encouraged to contact the church.
Whilst the construction is underway services are being held in Old Church House every Sunday at 10.30am except for the second Sunday of the month when a joint service is held at 10.00am in the Parish Church.
More information about the Bingham Methodist Church can be found on their website www.binghammethodist.org.uk and you can follow the redevelopment on the Bingham Methodist Church facebook page: www.facebook.com/BinghamMC