On 1st October 2019 Green Pastures signed a contract to build the new Dundonald Church in Wimbledon. The new congregational facility not only includes a main hall, meeting rooms and a youth club games area, but also consists of three upper floors containing 18 apartments, the sale of which provides the funding for the development. The older facility was deemed to be out-dated and too small for the growing Church's requirements. The project is being developed by Adoni Developments, who are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Pastures. Whilst the apartments are for private sale, all the profit can be funnelled back into housing the homeless!
The Developments team have had to think creatively in order to see the project come to fruition. The New Steel Construction Magazine writes:
"Main contractor Curo Construction started on-site late last year and after the demolition programme, its preliminary works included installing pad foundations to allow the main steel frame of the building to begin. "It's a brilliant scheme for a fantastic client, but also challenging as the site is very tight, which means it is ideally suited to steel construction for its programme benefits", says Curo Construction Senior Project Manager Jonathan O'Neill. "As we have limited space, materials storage and distribution is key. Upon delivery, steel sections are lifted into position via our temporary pit lane, this accelerates production and reduces double handling."
The main steel frame design for the project was carried out by structural engineers Meinhardt, with all connection design carried out in-house by steelwork contractor TSI Structures. The five-storey building is predominantly a steel frame with a steel core positioned along one elevation. The exception is the uppermost floor, which is constructed with a light steel framing solution."
Read the rest of this great article in New Steel Construction Magazine.
It's a great blessing to be able to provide a Church, as well as the apartments, to the community. We are not only providing physical homes to those that will be living in the apartments above, but spiritual homes to all those that may enter the Church building. The Church are working together with other evangelical Churches to move prayerfully and boldly towards planting 360 reformed evangelical churches, all with the goal of reaching the unreached for Jesus! The Dundonald Development will equip and release this Church to continue to teach the word of God, reach the lost and impact their local community for His glory.
Not only this, but the Development will greatly contribute to the area. It will help contribute towards the housing deficit that our country is in and it will become a focal point of community interaction, alongside becoming a great home to all those that live there.
Finally, what a great impact this new building will have on the community life of the Church itself! The project has given the Church an opportunity to come together in faith and to believe God for provision and is sure to have a lasting legacy in the lives of the congregation!
We are really excited to continue to walk with Dundonald Church and hear from them how the development impacts upon their local community and look forward to hearing many stories of lives being blessed through the project.