The first stage of planning for Project 450 is nearing completion. This process, which began in earnest with the 2015 appointment of architects Purcell, will conclude with the creation of a project masterplan in Spring 2019. The masterplan will act as the foundation for the next stage of planning and fundraising that will take place during 2019/20. The church’s project team has spent the autumn working with Dan Talkes of Purcell, P450 Lead Architect, on refining the brief for the new buildings, looking at options for their eventual form and discussing how the project should be phased. Broadly speaking, the church has decided to ask for permission to build new structures in three ‘zones’ within the curtilage of the church: • The area to the south east of the church, including the spaces outside the priest door and along the edge of the south churchyard. This part of the development will include a new building close to the church that will include facilities for the Sunday School and the church’s Education work, as well as toilet facilities. The building along the south east edge of the church grounds will face the green spaces of the churchyard and contain event and catering facilities that will support income generating and community activities. New access to these areas from the north will be created by opening up the processional way and building a new lift and staircase up to the level of the south churchyard. • The spaces to the north and north west of the church, including the current undercroft and the area between the north porch and the choir vestry. This part of the development will act as a new welcome point for the church and include accessible toilets, a shop, cafe and information point as well as exhibition spaces and interpretative elements. Crucially, the pressing issue of creating level access to the church will be addressed through the creation of a lift to nave level. This ‘zone’ will also communicate with the current choir vestry via a lift and steps. • The choir vestry and the area to the north east of the north transept. One of the church’s ambitions, which will be realised through Project 450, is to open up as many of the currently inaccessible historical areas of St Mary Redcliffe as possible to the public. In order to help achieve this, a new choir facility will be created alongside the church (linked to the church through a new opening into Canynges Kitchen) that will allow the current Choir Vestry to be opened as an exhibition and interpretative space. This important feature of Project 450 will act as a showcase for the church’s important collections, allowing the church to display its treasures, and tell its story using the many artefacts and images relating to the church that are not on display due to a lack of space. One of the other key issues, still to be resolved, is whether or not Project 450 will seek to rehouse William Hogarth’s 1755 St Mary Redcliffe altarpiece. Conversations with Bristol City Council (the owners of the work) are ongoing, but in order to facilitate discussions about the feasibility of creating a new home for the paintings, Purcell’s team is also working on a feasibility study and initial design for a new structure in which they could be exhibited. This work will provide us with a view of how such a building might relate to the new spaces mentioned above and an idea of cost that can be used for business planning. This last point relates to the most recently commissioned piece of work: the Project 450 Business Plan. The church has recently appointed Glevum Consulting (previously engaged by Bristol Old Vic to work on their successful redevelopment project) to build on the business planning work already carried out by the church’s Operations Manager Peter Rignall. Glevum’s team will, amongst other things, analyse Project 450’s potential for income generation and build a deeper understanding of issues such as sustainability as well as the potential for partnership work with organisations such as Destination Bristol. The process will create a robust document that will inform the final stage of Purcell’s stage-one work and the creation of the Project 450 masterplan.
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