Since our last report Acanthus Clews, our architects, have been asked by us to undertake a Feasibility Study into how the requirements for modern facilities (toilets, servery) and extra space at Aldermaston Church can be achieved. This Study was funded through a grant from Oxford Diocese – New Projects Grant Programme.
The project team devised a set of Needs and Requirements as input to the architects for the Feasibility Study. A summary of these Needs and Requirements has been created as a leaflet and circulation started. The October 2018 Parish Magazines & Padworth Newsletter carries this summary.
The leaflet is reproduced here:
Needs & Requirements Leaflet
Next Steps – Sharing for Comment & Feedback
The findings of the Feasibility Study will be widely shared for comments and feedback. It is these comments and feedback that will determine the path to a final agreed solution.
If you’d like to make comments now please use the online Feedback form
1. Oxford Diocesan Advisory Council (DAC)
We met with members of the DAC at St Mary’s on 13th September as a preliminary to their council meeting on 12th November where they will discuss the Feasibility Study options and send a formal opinion back to us. We prepared two key documents for the DAC prior to them visiting the church.
- Statement of Needs
Statement of NeedsClick image to view
- Statement of Significance (Draft) – currently being updated to a full version by Oxford Heritage Partnership
2. Congregation & Local people
3. Budget Estimates for the 3 Options in the Feasibility Study
We will be commissioning a Quantity Surveyor to provide budget estimates for the 3 options in the Feasibility Study.
4. Wider Consultation
Upon completion of the Statement of Significance & Budget Estimates approaches will also be made to amenity organisations
- Church Buildings Council
- West Berkshire Planning
- Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings
- Victorian Society
- Historic England
- & others
Next Steps – Restoration & Renovation Work
Along with work outlined above we will be looking at the potential work involved in restoration and renovation. In particular at what is required to resolve or at least minimise damp.