We are currently working on a planning application for alterations and extensions to Bethany Memorial Independent Methodist Church at Grindon in Sunderland.
The works consist of the demolition of the existing entrance hall and toilet lean to block, stripping out the existing partitions, and internal remodelling, forming a new worship hall and ancillary facilities, with a central café/hall connecting new and existing parts of the building. The existing building will accommodate a large domestic kitchen for events catering and two multi-functional halls with a new minister office, and new improved entrance. The new facilities will provide the church with much greater flexibility to host a wide variety of events and social groups, to reinforce its position as an integral part of the local community. This will also help maximize community links to existing schools, care homes, nurseries, etc.
As part of this project we have utilised BIM in the development of the design with newly acquired VR equipment used to give the client a full understanding of the project before they sign off the proposals for planning. This has allowed them to walk through the virtual proposal with all the proposed finishes, lighting etc. to get a true feel of the spaces. This will be further developed when the interior design elements are introduced in greater detail.