Having been void of redevelopment works of any significance for nearly a century, the Grade II listed building of St. Peter’s Church, Barrowden has re-opened its doors following an impressive £392,000 upgrade, part funded by local construction firm Mick George Ltd.
Visitors got to witness the transformation for the first-time last Sunday at a special Rededication Service which featured the Bishop of Peterborough.
The concept of the ‘Re-ordering’ project was initially born back in 2009 when the Parochial Church Council (PCC) were trying to address the poor heating issue that existed at the site. However, what started as a single venture, quickly escalated to a much larger operation that would ensure the space was fully optimised for 21st Century needs.
The new underfloor heating system which was installed during phase 1 of the programme has now been accompanied by a series of other new additions. Most notably these include, a disabled access toilet, meeting room / creche, kitchen and servery facility, new Organ, chairs and benches, as well as re-wiring and lighting throughout.
It’s envisaged that the recent changes will encourage more community use of the location, with concerts, art exhibitions, band practice and private functions all earmarked as prospective events held at the venue.
Steve Preston, Barrowden and Wakerley PCC said: ‘’The Re-ordering of the Church has created a flexible and comfortable space which can be used all year round. We’ve already received many favourable comments on how we’ve managed to modernise the facilities while retaining much of the historical beauty that makes the Church so special. We’re very grateful to Mick George Ltd for their contribution.’’
Stuart Costello, Marketing Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’The efforts that have gone in to completing this renovation are clear to see and those involved should be applauded. The results are fantastic.’’
Costello continued: ‘’We’re glad to have played a part in the transformation. We’re sure the new look Church will provide a much more welcoming location for generations to come.’’