HORBURY METHODIST CHURCH
The complete redevelopment of this site in the centre of Horbury.
After demolition of the structurally unsafe late Victorian Chapel the membership of Horbury Methodist Church decided to refurbish and extend the existing Church Hall Building to provide a new Worship Space and extensive ancillary accommodation for church and community use. New onsite parking and DDA compliant access makes the building accessible to all.
The financing of this work required a great deal of fundraising effort and some £800,000 was raised to construct a new Worship Space attached to the South side of the existing Hall together with the complete refurbishment of the early 20th Century building to provide a large Meeting Hall with stage, Toilets, Kitchen, new Entrance Foyer with lift, remodelled circulation, new Meeting Rooms and Stores, together with some First Floor Office accommodation. The building services were also renewed and improved with a great deal of new lighting and a new heating system served from the Basement Boiler House.
Sitting in the Horbury Conservation Area the new Worship Space and refurbished building is a notable element in the street scene and a feature window to the South identifies the primary function of the site. The new building elements were all walled in natural stone under a natural slate roof to respond to the existing building materials. The external works and pedestrian access through the site were of great importance and conservation materials were used throughout. A new access footpath leads to the new Entrance Foyer and there is ramped access for the less able. A new vehicular access was formed with a stone boundary wall to High Street to reinforce the importance of the streetscape. The work is completed with a detailed planting and landscape scheme together with new exterior lighting to the car park and footpaths.
The development was completed on programme and has already proved to be popular and well used, enabling the Methodist Church to further develop its mission in Horbury.