Proposals for South Yardley Methodist Church

Inspired Steps worked with Yardley Methodist Church to produce a plan of proposals to develop the site with the aim of ensuring and developing engagement and a flourishing, vibrant future for the local community. With a background of supporting a range of community organisations and faith groups developing and enhancing their buildings and community spaces, Inspired Steps was commissioned to work alongside professional partners to produce a feasibility report. This set out a proposed plan of works, sequenced over three phases with options to allow flexibility within the budget. As part of this process community discussions and events took place to involve, listen to and respond to people’s ideas, requirements and concerns. We engaged with stakeholders to brain-storm ideas and ensure proposals were targeted to their true purpose, understanding the end goal, and how it could be achieved to a realistic budget and timeframe.

The proposals included:

  • Replacement/repair of roofs and rainwater goods throughout the building.
  • Full Fire Risk Assessment & plan/undertake essential H&S works identified. To include doors, extinguishers, fire alarm system.
  • Electrics including a full fixed wired test and inspection and plan, wiring for future P/A & Audio Visual improvements & provide WIFI connectivity throughout the building.
  • Inspect and carry replacement or provision of safety film to internal partitions and doors as required.
  • Replace non-matching glass in vestibule.
  • Investigate opportunities for eco/green solutions including power & heat options, intelligent heating programmers, LED energy efficient lighting throughout the building.
  • Reconfigure & replacement of mens, ladies & disabled toilets
  • New kitchen equipped for community use and provision.
  • Work on church identity including branding and logo. Erection of new external church signage.
  • To design feature lighting or statement piece to external walls to incorporate existing windows/existing architecture if possible.
  • Work to enhance external areas to include soft landscaping, planting, shrubs and grassed areas.

The church was opened on 14 June 1969. For over 50 years the building has been well-used by various groups: BB, GB, Play Groups, Men’s Supper Club, a very successful youth group. In more recent years we have had good relationships with Aikido and NA and currently have other groups using the building. Over the past 12 months the Church has looked to increase its community outreach including creating a partnership to create the Oasis Food Pantry which has been in existence since November 2020. This service alongside a recently formed Community Café are providing an invaluable service both in practical and social support that is so needed in the times in the challenging times which we are currently living.

Building on strong foundations

Over these past 50 years the building has been well-used by various groups: BB, GB, Play Groups, Men’s Supper Club, a very successful youth group. In more recent years we have had good relationships with Aikido and NA and currently have other groups using the building.

Over the past 12 months the Church has looked to increase its community outreach including creating a partnership to create the Oasis Food Pantry which has been in existence since November 2020. This service alongside a recently formed Community Café are providing an invaluable service both in practical and social support that is so needed in the times in the challenging times which we are currently living.

South Yardley Methodist Church as it is today:

Imagery to illustrate the type of construction, materials and finishes of proposed works:

Artist impressions were produced to help visualise the proposals and were exhibited as part of a community consultation event: