THE second phase of a church restoration project has begun.
Work is now under way on the second part of a project to refurbish St Andrew’s Church, Garden City.
The project is led by the church’s Parochial Church Council and is set to cost £125,000. Work on the church on Sealand Avenue has been organised into three phases to transform it into a community meeting space.
This latest stage will see enhancements including an extension for new disabled toilet facilities, a new kitchen and work to the existing roof.
There are also plans to provide additional lighting and replace the existing heating system, making the space more comfortable and energy-efficient.
Phase two is expected to be completed by May, with the whole refurbishment pencilled in for a finish at the end of the year.
The existing church hall has been used extensively by community groups but its deteriorating condition means it has become increasingly expensive to maintain and insure.
Funding for phase two of the project is coming from several sources including The Veolia Environmental Trust which has awarded a grant of £40,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Letters of support for the project have been received from Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant and MP Mark Tami, Lord Barry Jones, Cllr Christine Jones, as well as the headteachers of Sealand Primary School and John Summers High School and Communities First.
The Rev Steven Green said: “We are delighted work has started and the church is one step closer to becoming a multi-functional space for use by the whole community. The new facility will enable us to meet the present demand from our users and anticipated increased future demand that will be generated by nearby development projects in the area.”
Executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, said: “Facilities like this one play a vital role in our communities and it is great to hear that the improvements are under way. We are pleased to be supporting this important project and I look forward to hearing about its development over the coming months.”