15th March 2017
Considerable progress has been made on the church building project over the last couple of months. Many meetings have taken place, including a significant meeting of the Steering Group with the whole of the professional team involved in the development. Partners and senior staff from the architects, quantity surveyors, structural engineers and the interior design consultants were all present. The Working Group continues to meet and has produced a “brief” for the interior design consultant, indicating how the individual rooms will be used and the type of “look and feel” we seek to achieve.
The progress, by the architects, in producing the detailed drawings required to move the project on has been painfully slow. Promised deadlines have been missed, but pressure was exerted and the required information was delivered to the quantity surveyors on Friday 10 March 2017 and work on the Bill of Quantities is now progressing. The Bill of Quantities is a detailed specification of the work to be done and the materials to be used and this will be supplied to each of the potential main contractors as a basis for their tender submission.
Detailed work has also been done on the PA and AV requirements for all the rooms in the extended building and a detailed plan has been submitted to the architect for incorporation in the overall design.
A number of contractors, capable of doing the work have been approached and a shortlist of four has been drawn up with a fifth held in reserve. They will each be asked to submit a price for the work and a final decision on the successful contractor will be based upon their price, availability to start the work when required and the site team they will supply.
It is anticipated the tender documents will be provided to the shortlist contractors towards the end of April with a desire to have the selected builders on site towards the end of June. The architects anticipate the project will take eight months to complete, but every effort will be made to reduce this when the selected contractor develops their programme of works.
Planning for the disruption during the construction period is ongoing and a number of possible alternative venues for the midweek activities have been visited. More detailed arrangements will be made over the coming months.
21st January 2017
The planning application to extend the premises to provide accommodation for the growing work with children and young people was, in the providence of God, granted by the Local Authority without there being any objection from the local community.
The proposed works fall into three distinct sections -
- Re-modelling the existing main entrance and facilities at either side of the existing front door.
- Adding the large side extension on Cornwallis Place.
- Re-configuring the rear of the building to create extra space on the ground and first floors.
Since receiving approval the Architects have been working on further details of the scheme including producing detailed drawings. These are required to be submitted to the Authority in order to obtain the Building Warrants. Consent will confirm the works are in accordance with all relevant regulations and meet the latest building standards.
The Architects submitted application for Building Warrants on 23rd January 2017. It will take several weeks for a response to be received. During this period work continues particularly by the Quantity Surveyors who will prepare a Bill of Quantities outlining all the necessary steps in the building process and calculating quantities of materials required to do the work. It is from this schedule the contractors will tender their best price for the construction. The anticipated timescale to going out to tender is probably 7- 8 weeks.
In the meantime, the Bellevue Chapel Working Group has begun to meet initially to review the provision being made in the additional space; to suggest additional features to make the accommodation suited to the needs of a growing church; to prepare for the period when contractors are on site when parts, and at times all, of the building are out of use and the importance of keeping the church family, and our neighbours, informed of progress.
Details of those involved in the working group can be found in the box above. Please feel free to contact any of them if you have any enquiries.