2018 - Ready for the future
After 15 years of Committees and task forces, Special Parish Meetings have considered and acted on the implications of all this, which brings us to now - the point of building a new centre to replace the hall and also to earthquake strengthen the church, tower, and other buildings.
We have embarked on a major $5 million programme of seismic repairs or replacement for all our buildings. This started in 2012 and is expected to take until 2023 to complete.
Property Programme Update: November 2017
Thank You for Your Generous Support
Thank you for your generous financial and operational support of the Property Programme - your support makes it possible.
St Matthias - Strengthening Works
The contract let to Northern Construction has been going well and work is expected to be completed by the end of November. That means we can start using St Matthias again in time for the Christmas Services. We may still be able to celebrate St Matthias’s 150th birthday in a combined reopening, birthday and Christmas service and we will keep you posted on this.
St Matthias – Fundraising
We thought we had the total cost covered but some unforeseen costs in the form of digging out earth under the floor to improve ventilation, replacing old electrical wires, modifications to structural steel work and last and largest – special construction techniques needed to cope with low level asbestos levels in the outside coating of the church, gobbled up more than our planned contingency allowance. Thanks to the generosity of a Makara resident we have been able to cover the additional contingency cost.
Community Connection Point – Selection of Architect
The process of selecting an architect has progressed to the point where two architect firms have been shortlisted to produce separate concept designs by 21 December 2017 and also provide further information on their capability to complete our project. Based on this the Property Sub Committee will then recommend an architect to Vestry to complete the preliminary design in January / Feb 2018.
We plan to hold an SGM in early 2018, with appropriate information meetings leading up to it, to enable Parishioners to see and support the preliminary design and approve the project moving onto the next design stage – Developed Design and Resource Consent.
Community Connection Point – Getting Ready
Planning has started on what we have to do to get ready for the demolition and construction of the new building. This includes:
· The clearing out and disposal of SMASH and Parish surplus items currently stored in the Supper Room, Parish Hall and on the Stage
· The provision of ongoing storage of SMASH and Parish items currently stored in the Supper Room, Parish Hall and on the Stage.
· Continued access and operation of ECEC, SMASH and Parish activities during the demolition and construction period. The starting point for this is the development of proposals on how this can be achieved. Consultation on these proposal will then take place and based on this consultation the following questions answered:
· The extent to which current locations that are outside the demolition / construction footprint can be used.
· Is there a need to relocate the SMASH Offices and change the access point for ECEC and SMASH?
· What are the changes needed during construction to keep operating ECEC and SMASH?
· Is it necessary to relocate ECEC and/or SMASH to alternative locations?
Community Connection Point – Fundraising
Vestry has set a budget of $2.2 million for the project. This is to be met from donations on account of pledges, from funds already in the Property Fund, mainly from the proceeds of the sale of St Philip’s and from grants from external organisations.
Community Connection Point – “Branding”
Having the right branding and name for our “Connection Point” is important now as we increase the tempo and level of communications about it. The Property Sub Committee is working on this aspect and is open to suggestions.
St Mary’s – Strengthening Work
In 2016 we strengthened the Tower to the minimum level required and have retained the operating restrictions that have been in place since 2013.
Recent additions of cupboards in the Gathering Area and stage lighting in the body of the Church have been made to support the current use of St Mary’s in the knowledge that it will continue to be used as a multi-purpose building for the foreseeable future.
St Mary’s – Fundraising
The early strengthening schemes and estimated costs from 2013 have not been updated, other than to add construction inflation of 43% from 2013 (when the initial estimate of $1.1 million was prepared) to 2023 (the expected completion of the strengthening work), giving an estimated cost in 2023 of $1.6 million.
There are a number of pledges for this work which are being kept separate and it is hoped there will be some funds left from general pledges. However further fund raising will be required both from within and outside the parish.
A completion date of 2023 allows for a three-year St Mary’s fundraising campaign. Five-years extends this to 2025.
Property Sub Committee
Geoffrey Lee, Helen Algar, Mike Scrivener, John Hughes, Kate Lancaster, Ian Millard