Church Roof Repair Update
A condition survey was carried out of the main Church building in May 2016 to investigate the cause of fungal growth in the West Vestibule ceiling. The survey found that water had been penetrating into the solid walls. This had caused rot to develop within the ceiling timbers. Repairs were recommended including roof repairs, timber repair and treatment and the removal of defective plaster.
In July it was reported to the Congregation that this work would be carried out in August at a cost of around £50,000 plus VAT. The work was completed by the end of August at a cost of £38,945 plus VAT. It is anticipated that the VAT will be refunded by the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.
The rotten sections of timber in the Vestibule ceiling have been removed and chemical treatment has been applied to the external walls to reduce the chances of a future outbreak. It has been recommended that the walls are left without plaster for as long as possible to allow them to fully dry out.
During the repair work it was discovered that the wall plates supporting the roof on both sides were also badly decayed. This was particularly evident on the West Side as shown below. New wall plates have now been inserted and the rotten timber has been removed. Had this not been discovered this could have presented a very serious risk to health and Safety.
Rotten wall plate exposed
The stair to the classroom had to be removed. The stair was badly damaged by woodworm and without removing it the wall could not receive the full chemical treatment. There are no immediate plans to replace this stair until future plans for the Church building have been decided.
The work to the front of the Church has significantly reduced the risk of further water ingress into that area of the building. We are aware however that the full roof of the Church is exhibiting signs that it will need to be replaced in the near future. Crack monitors have been fitted in the basement to allow potential structural issues to be assessed. Fire safety issues are currently being considered by the Congregational Committee and these will result in further building work being required.
There are very significant expenses ahead and we ask you to pray for God’s wisdom to determine His will for the future of our buildings. In the meantime thank you for patience during the summer months.
If you have any questions or queries in relation to the above please come and talk to me at any time.