Providing extensive new facilities for the whole community, the first phase of construction of a new church and community centre for Horley Baptist Church is underway on a site at Court Lodge Road, Horley, Surrey.
The project is being carried out by Caldera Construction, with MEB Architects as project architects.
The church, which sold their original premises in Albert Road to help fund the new development, are looking forward to occupying a building which will enable them to better serve the community in Horley, without being limited by their previous accommodation on Albert Road, which they have outgrown.
The new building, to be known as The Living Stones Community Centre, is being constructed on the former site of an infant school, on land purchased by a care home developer, who sold part of the land to the church.
The site is at least twice the size of the space which the church previously occupied, and to move and build from scratch proved cheaper than developing the old site.
The first phase of construction commenced in May 2014 and comprises a large multi-purpose hall (seating up to 200 people) plus offices and a selection of nine other rooms of varying sizes (accommodating 10 to 50 people, depending on the size and type of activity) – all for use by the church and local community groups. Completion is due in May 2015.
“This building will allow the church to function not only on Sundays but also through the week with all of the activities we will be providing for the local community” said Andrew Taylor of Horley Baptist Church.
The building is of traditional construction, with brick and render external elevations and blockwork internally, incorporating uPVC framed windows and a pitched zinc covered roof.
The church is currently in temporary accommodation but will move into the new building as soon as it is completed in May 2015.
“We are planning the move now and everyone is very excited about the new building. Caldera Construction have done an excellent job. We are looking forward to working with the local community and making the new building very much a community resource as well as a facility for the wider town. This will be the first time in 15 years that the church has been one site,” added Andrew Taylor.
The second phase of the project, to commence as soon as possible after phase one, involves the construction of a multi-purpose worship/meeting space accommodating around 300 people, which can also be used for conferences, concerts, town events and drama performances.