Sunday 20 August - an important date for your diaries!

The congregation will be aware that, for the last year, members of the Building for the Future Committee have visited various churches throughout Scotland to see what can be done with traditional buildings to make them more “user friendly” and welcoming in the 21st  century.

We were all agreeably surprised at the results. As a consequence, a wish list was drawn up and circulated to firms of Architects who have experience in this field of work. Three firms were invited to speak to us and present their ideas based on the original wish list. Lee Boyd were chosen to be our Architects. They have a great deal of experience in renovating Churches and we investigated their work carefully before making a final decision.

A feasibility study was then started which involved a detailed inspection of Blackhall St Columba’s buildings and area including a digital survey. The Architects issued a questionnaire to all groups using the Church buildings. There was a good response. Then more detailed plans were drawn up and inspected by the committee.

There has been a lot of ongoing discussion about these plans which involve both the Sanctuary and the halls. At the moment the study is still to be completed and further discussions will be held with the Architects, along with structural engineers, and services engineers. Quantity Surveyors will also be involved at this stage so that costings can be done. Decisions have still to be made about cost, feasibility and possible phasing.

Due to the ongoing work being done, the earliest that the congregation will have a presentation (and see a 3D computer graphics model) is Sunday 20 August after the 11 am service.

Please put this date in your diaries now. Fundraising is actively being considered in order for a coherent plan to be presented. The first step of this is the sale of Church House which is now being actively marketed. 



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