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BUILDING WORK STARTS
BULDING WORK STARTS
the Community Council of Devon and Devon County Council for grants of £45,000 towards the cost. A £5,000 loan helped, and urgent grant applications are being made for the remainder of the money needed.
Work is scheduled to end on 28th February.
When finances permit, a purpose-built ramp will be put in place along the front of the building making the east entrance the main entrance. Planning permission and listed building consent have been applied for. The cost, including a purpose-built ramp which the Health & Safety authorities have insisted on having, is around £16,000. It will provide first class access to people in all types of wheelchair.
This phase is the responsibility of the Strand Church and will provide a chapel in the west vestibule (formerly the main entrance). It involves damp-proofing the walls and using the redundant pews from the bay in the foyer as seating round the wall. The focus will be an altar made from the old Bath stone pulpit with a prayer tree and a votive candle stand to encourage prayer and reflection.
The Chapel will be open for private prayer and quiet from 8 am to 8 pm daily.
The cost is about £16,000.
The plan for Stage 2 - for larger image click here.
In three phases
The building work is the responsiblity of the Strand Centre which has decided for financial reasons to do the work in three phases
This phase started on 8th January and will provide two new toilets at the south (The Strand end) of the building in the foyer. One of these will be suitable for disabled people. The toilets will be situation where the former kitchenette was. An enlarged kitchenett is being built on the west side of the foyer. It will be large enough for three people to work together at the same time, and it will be fully equipped to provide morning refreshments, light healthy lunches and afternoon tea. It will be the basis for the Centre's drop-in cafe.
This work has involved considerable new piping including a new drain across the front of the bulding.
The total cost is about £60,000 and the Strand Centre has aknowledged its gratitude to Ugbrooke Environmental,
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