Bingham Methodist Church have handed over keys to their old building to their appointed developers A & S Enterprises of Burton-on-Trent, who have been contracted to demolish the current premises and construct the planned new multi-purpose church and community centre.
A & S Enterprises have previously worked locally with the project architects Allen Joyce, most notably on the Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Church Hall.
The builders are committed to start on site during April following the removal of utilities from the building, so demolition and site preparation can commence.
The contract is scheduled to be completed within 46 weeks and it is hoped building work will be concluded during January 2016. There will be an official opening of the new building on 10th April 2016.
Whilst the building work is taking place, services are being held in Church House, Bingham at 10:30am each Sunday, apart from the second Sunday of each month when a joint-service is held in Bingham Parish Church at 10am.
During April, the joint-service will be the Easter Service on Sunday 5th April.
Meanwhile, fundraising efforts towards the scheme are continuing. These include a ‘Buy A Brick’ appeal where members of the public can sponsor a brick for £5 and have their name recorded in a special commemorative book.
There will be an opportunity to sign up to this at the Bingham Town Fair in June this year.
Additionally, as part of the new premises, a retail unit facing onto Eaton Place and offices above will be created and let out to provide income towards the future upkeep of the whole building.
The project steering group are now actively seeking tenants for these spaces and anyone interested is encouraged to contact the church.
Furthermore, the BReAD new building appeal is also still open to general donations. Should anyone wish to contribute to the campaign they can do so by visiting the Just Giving website for the BReAD appeal.