The planned completion date of our entire building project was 14th April 2020. Our contractors had worked very hard during the winter period and as a result they were able to hand the building over to us on 21st February. We were delighted that completion was almost 2 months ahead of schedule. Little did we know at the time that it would become even more significant to us with the onset on COVID-19. It would have been impossible to have a handover in the middle of a pandemic and for this we are very thankful for the early completion. Although we can’t use the building at present we know it is ready for us when we as a congregation are able to meet together again.
The congregation are delighted with our new facilities and our organisations had the chance to use them for a few weeks before lockdown. The excellent design along with the creative use of colours and fabrics makes for a very comfortable building. The main kitchen in the new annexe is well equipped and along with the servery in the Megaw Hall and a tea point on the first floor ensures that plenty of cups of tea will be made.
We hope that the disruption during the building period hasn’t been too difficult for our neighbours.
On Sunday 1st March after morning service, a short dedication service was conducted by our minister, Rev Dr Frank Sellar. This was attended by the congregation in the staircase/landing area as shown in our previous update. We had planned for an official opening initially in June and then September but we are now planning for January 2021.
I would encourage you to click on this link for photographs relating to the build as it progressed.
There are also 2 very impressive videos taken by drones. The first was taken by John Campbell and shows the site when it was cleared prior to building.
The second was taken on Wednesday 10th June by Michael Cooper and shows the completed project.
Our thanks to John and Michael for these fantastic videos and to everyone who supplied photographs during the project.
– Ken Groves