DEVELOPING THE OLD KIRK
The Old Kirk was built in 1813 in a classical style. Inside, it consists of a large, attractive hall which benefits from abundant natural light from large round arch windows and good acoustics. A first-floor gallery offers views down into this hall. At the entrance, there is currently a small office and stairs to the first floor. The Old Kirk site also includes ample car parking and a connecting path set back from the road, as well as most of the original glebe land.
A set of costed designs has been produced which include essential fabric repairs and will add the necessary facilities to transform the Old Kirk from its unusable state into a safe, attractive, welcoming and accessible community facility.
A feasibility study and community consultation was carried out by Community Enterprise in 2018-19, including on a range of potential uses for the Old Kirk.
An onsite visual survey was carried out in early 2019 by Bob Heath, a conservation architect and stone consultant specialising in historic church buildings. A report on the fabric of the building was prepared setting out an indicative ten-year programme of repairs.
Based on research into the community’s preferred uses for the building, Lee Boyd Architects produced RIBA Stage II costed plans to make the building more suitable for a mix of activities while conserving as far as possible the appearance of the interior. The detailed design will incorporate a positive approach to energy efficiency for heating, ventilation and lighting with appropriate eco-systems being considered. Some work is required to improve the path into the building ensuring that it is fully accessible and a septic tank will also be added.