To become a church with visible connection and meaning to those who live, work, or study, in this community: one that is open throughout the week for everyone, whether you express a faith or not.
RECOVERING THE LOST VOICE
OF ST LUKE'S
PCCs of St Luke and St Peter agree to unify parishes. Following this, joint PCCs consider several options for the redevelopment of the churches.
Feasibility study for the redevelopment.
Overview of a draft feasibility report was presented to the congregation and subsequently the PCCs agreed to move the congregation to St Luke's church.
St Peter's site was leased, then sold, to another church.
Mission Development Group (MDG) established to re-imagine and redevelop St Luke's.
Start development of long term plans and discussion with DAC and Victorian Society.
Worked with local architect to draw up plans of site.
Apply for local planning permission for large scale project including new hall and flats.
Works to gutters and windows to keep building watertight.
Removal of pews and creation of co-worker space.
High level works to the building, including the roof, undertaken.
Support provided by
the Portsmouth City Council CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) fund,
and Strategic Development Funding of the Church of England.
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2023 and beyond
The St Luke's PCC have a vision to see the next phase of the building work move forward.
Since 2020 we have been revisiting our vision for the building.
The next steps are to:
Continue the restoration
Install a café
Install an entrance that is welcoming to all
We hope to look at landscaping the external areas to create a positive welcome and install architecture that draws people into our building and tells a story of the space.
We are also working to finish the external restoration work which involves re-pointing, gutter, and window repairs.
We are currently working to redecorate the interior, install new heating and lighting/AV equipment, restore the organ and consider a long term plan for the flooring.
We are going to pilot a café with temporary solutions for this to see what works best in the space.
We will also look at either adapting the existing entrance to make it more light and welcoming or to create a new entrance on the west side of the building.
WE WANT TO...
Remove our building from the At Risk Register.
Create a place of calm and peace in a busy city.
Create a community facility that welcomes all.
Provide a venue for small scale creative arts and music events.
Provide a Co-Working Space and Café.
Engage people with heritage, who might not be aware of the building.