The redevelopment project at Jesmond URC has just been shortlisted for a prestigious national architectural award. It is the only representative from the north in a select group of five. In November the award presentation will be made to the final winner by the Duke of Gloucester in London.
The Presidents’ Award is sponsored by the National Churches Trust to promote the best examples of church development projects seeking to facilitate flexible worship options and promote community use.
At Jesmond the interior has been transformed into a light and welcoming worship space. Changes have included closing off the old stepped entrance, creating a new level way in via a foyer with refreshment area, the removal of dark fixed pews and the provision of accessible WCs. The former manse garden is now a community wildlife garden.
Many people worked hard on this exciting project, which has taken place over a number of years, resulting in such a wonderful new church environment.
The website of the National Churches Trust outlines the shortlisted schemes and gives details of their grants for church building projects.