Over the summer, the glazed screens between the church and the lower hall will be replaced to provide better sound separation. Jacquie Sands heads up St Philip’s Fabric Committee, which is overseeing the project. “The work will start at the end of July, when the contractors take out the old track and screens,” she explains.
Some of the ceiling adjacent to the screens will be removed to facilitate the work and to install new lighting and audio-visual cabling. Although the church and lower hall will be one large space for a few weeks, services will continue as normal, with work scheduled to take a month. “If all goes smoothly, we should have our new screens in place by the end of August,” Jacquie says. “We expect the new sound separation to be as good as the upper hall.”
The main benefit of installing the new glazed screens is so both spaces at ground floor level can be used independently.
This means that services can take place without being disturbed by events in the lower hall (for example, for children on a Sunday), and that St Philip’s can increase its income from its lettings business while improving facilities for the local groups who hire our space for their activities.