Gardner Community Association
Renewal Project Update
Our Renewal Project has now been divided into three separate Phases’
Phase I – Repair and Renovation
This is the part of the project financed jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland under their Grants for Places of Worship programme.
Our Architects (James F Stephen Architects), Quantity Surveyors (John Duguid Partnership) and other specialists completed their definition of the scope in December last year and issued Tender documents to potential contractors on 10th January. The Tender package was also sent the Heritage Lottery Fund for their review and comment at the same time. Contractor’s tenders are expected to be returned by 29th January and after a brief period of clarification and review we will finalise our 2nd round application and submit it to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our application will include both capital and activity costs along with our proposed activity plan. We expect HLF to take 6 – 8 weeks to approve our application allowing our selected contractor to start work on site at the beginning of May.
Phase II – Modernisation & Conversion
We hope that the Big Lottery Fund together along with partnership or match funding from others trusts and funders will provide the finance for this part of the project. This is the part of the project where we will see the greatest changes to the building with the transfer of ownership to the Gardner Community Association, the removal of pews, the provision of a new heating system, office & toilets and the creation of the community café and bakery. Unfortunately, we have had to reduce to scope of this phase in line with the potential funding available, but with the help of our Architects and Quantity Surveyors we believe that we have achieved this without significantly jeopardizing our ambitious plans. We have recently sent our draft Capital Plan to the Big Lottery Team for their review and comment and are in the course of finalising our Strategic Plan. Both of these documents will form the basis of our 2nd round BLF application, which we hope to submit in February.
Phase III – Garden Development
The third phase of the project is more inspirational and will only be sanctioned when we have completed Phase II and have a clearer idea of what funds still remain and how we might be able to raise any more required. The scope of this phase includes those elements of the project that we would dearly like to include, but are not absolutely essential to its success. These include the covered shelter, café terrace and parking spaces in the garden area.