This is a massive project. How is it being governed?

The project is being managed on a day-to-day basis by the project board, which is a joint board with three people from St Bs and three people from the diocese. Our people are:

  • Henry Kendal, our vicar
  • Hannah Parker, a member of the PCC and a Chartered Accountant, and
  • Sam Markey, formerly one of our churchwardens.

In addition, we have appointed a Project Director, Heather Stanley, who oversees the project day to day, with active input from our Church Operations Manager.

Our project board representatives report to our PCC and our Standing and Finance Committee, who have been carefully scrutinising everything. The diocesan side of the project board has the equivalent scrutiny from their side.

One of the great strengths of the arrangement we have with the diocese is the robust scrutiny and challenge they provide to the project. We are not undertaking this project alone as St Bs, but in partnership with the diocese, which means we gain from their vast experience and expertise and have the benefit of the strong governance structures they have in place.

On what timescale do you anticipate the project proceeding?

We currently anticipate that builders will start enabling works (ie. the new entrance, lift and stairs) in late 2017 so that we can move in mid 2018.

Then, for the following year or so, we will be in the building but without the new auditorium. During this time we will complete our fundraising and then watch while the auditorium is built around us.

The entire project should be completed in 2020 - though in many ways of course, that is just the beginning of what God is going to do in and through us in Solar House...

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?”
— Psalm 127:1

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