Building Repair Project: Phase 2

Hi Church,

We have an exciting announcement. We have been awarded a grant of £100,000 from the UK Government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. The grant will help meet the costs of urgent roof repairs and will ensure our Category A listed church building is watertight and safe.

This funding will enable phase 2 of our building repair project to commence. The most urgent repair needs will be addressed, which include:

  • Overhauling slates and, in some areas, stripping and relaying slates
  • Replacing lead that has reached the end of its lifespan
  • Replacing cast-iron rainwater disposal systems
  • Replacing timber that has been affected by rot
  • Lifting and rebedding high-level masonry that is not secure

The repair work will begin this summer, and we expect all work to be complete before the end of this year. With careful planning, it will be possible to keep our buildings open throughout the repair works and to keep disruption to church activities to a minimum.

This roof repair grant is one of 502 grants for urgent roof repairs to places of worship across the UK from a total £30 million funding package announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) administers the fund on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

We are grateful to the UK Government for funding these much-needed repairs and are looking forward to getting started. If you have any questions, please drop me an email at james@gatechurch.co.uk or call me on 01382 221222.

Cheers,
James

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Carbon savings project

We have an exciting announcement. We have been awarded a grant of £198,016 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund – managed by independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful – to launch a brand new project!

This project – the ‘Gate Church Carbon Saving Project’ – will enable improvements to our buildings in the form of energy efficiency measures. These will improve the look and feel of our buildings, both for church and community use. They will also result in a significant reduction in our energy usage, which we estimate will bring down our energy bills by £31,000 over the next 5 years! Here’s a summary of the main energy efficiency measures that will be installed:

  • Insulation of all loft spaces, loft hatches and where possible, heat-loss walls.
  • Double glazing where possible and where not possible (i.e. on the 59 traditional windows on the church building), secondary glazing. These changes will also improve sound-proofing.
  • Destratification fans in the church auditorium. This will prevent hot air from rising and accumulating at the ceiling by recirculating it down to floor level where it is needed.
  • Replacement of existing lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting.
  • Replacing, where possible, external doors with insulated doors and where not possible, draught-proofing existing doors.

The work will be carried out in phases, starting in January 2014. It is expected to be completed by December 2014. With careful planning it will be possible to keep our buildings open throughout the project and to keep disruption to church activities to a minimum.

In addition to installing energy efficiency measures to our buildings, we will – through partnership with other organisations – be carrying out activities within the local community to promote behavioural changes towards low carbon lifestyles and increasing the uptake of low carbon transport. This includes having bicycle parking for 20 bikes available for public use installed on the church grounds.

Our project was one of 32 projects announced by Minister for Environment & Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP as having been awarded funding in the latest round of Climate Challenge Fund grants. During a visit to Edinburgh World Heritage’s Green Heritage Project, a previous recipient of CCF funding, Mr Wheelhouse said:

“We know from the landmark report by the IPCC, published last week, that climate change is a serious threat not only here in Scotland but across the globe, that we are more certain that ever before that it is predominantly caused by mankind, and that we need to work together to limit the impacts of it.

“Our local communities are showing a real desire and willingness to do their bit and work together to look at ways they can cut their own carbon footprint and in turn, reduce Scotland’s contribution to causing this most critical global challenge.

“The CCF allows communities to gain financial support and come up with inspiring projects to reduce emission and make Scotland a more sustainable place to live. That is why I am so pleased to announce this further funding and continue this unique scheme.

We’re grateful to the Scottish Government for funding this project and are looking forward to getting started. If you have any questions please drop me an email at jamesanthony@gatechurch.co.uk or give me a call on 01382 221222.

Cheers,
James


 
 

Building repair project

Good news! We can now announce that our building repair project – for the spire, tower and front of our Grade A Listed church building – will be starting on Monday 20th August and is expected to finish by the end of this year. As all work is to the outside of the building, there will be no disruption to any of our activities or services.

The repair project focuses on work that is needed to keep the building structurally stable and watertight; by doing these necessary repairs we are safeguarding the future of our building for many years to come.

The £154,876 repair project has been made possible by both your generous giving through tithes and offerings and the generosity of several grant funders, including Historic Scotland (£51,911), Heritage Lottery Fund (£47,000), Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust (£3,000) and the Baird Trust (£3,000). We also expect to receive approximately £25,071 from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme to cover the VAT element of the project cost.

Here are some words from two of our grant funders:

As well as being an architectural landmark, Gate Church provides a gathering place for worshippers of all ages. The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be able to secure the future of this fine building so that it can continue to play its valuable role improving the life of many in the community.
— Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland
I am delighted to see that this funding will help to protect the future of this A-listed church. It is really important that we safeguard our Scottish architecture and heritage for future generations to enjoy.
— Martin Fairley, Historic Scotland’s Head of Investment and Corporate Finance Policy

If you’ve got any questions please drop me an email at jamesanthony@gatechurch.co.uk or give me a call on 01382 221222.

Cheers,
James