It’s a case of design inspiration at a new development in Leamington that is seeing the creation of a new church and affordable homes.
Lillington Free Church building, which was built on Cubbington Road in 1966, has been demolished to make way for a brand new, state-of-the-art place of worship as well as 25 shared ownership homes, including six apartments, 12 two-bedroom houses and seven three-bedroom houses.
Once the new church, which will include a new PA system and solar panels on the roof, has been completed, the nearby church hall – constructed in the 1950s – will be demolished and a range of community activities will be staged in the new building.
It will also create space for some of the homes which are included in the plans for the site.
The official opening of the new church building is scheduled for March 9, 2019, and the Reverend James Church said the work was positive news for parishioners and the local community.
He said: “We’ve had support from local politicians and the local community as this is going to bring a new facility as well as much-needed affordable homes to the area.
“The previous building was in need of a great deal of work to make it fit for modern purposes and, in the end, it made more sense to knock it down and start again.
“The new church will have a kitchen, toilets and meeting rooms all under one roof when, previously, we had to use the old church hall for those purposes.
Lillington Free Church will hold its final Macmillan Coffee Morning in the community building on Saturday, September 1, ahead of the demolition of the building next year with all local people welcome.
Andy Bodily, Contracts Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “This scheme shows what can be done with some creative thinking and a strong partnership, which is exactly what we have here.
“It means the site will now offer a much more modern church hall for worshippers and community events as well as much-needed new homes for the community.”
Pictured (left to right): James Church, Linda Mingaye (church elder), Linda Nason (church elder), Andy Bodily (Deeley Construction contracts manager), Bob Hodgkiss (Deeley Construction site manager)