Biggar Parish Church

St. Mary’s Hall Project

Latest Update

The Hall is now complete, having been officially handed back to the church from both the Architect and Builders.

We are excited that we are now able to welcome back our regular community groups and town folk who are interested in booking the hall.

The Story Behind the Project

St Mary’s Hall required significant fabric alterations, upgrade and renewal to bring the property in line with current legislation and to provide more effective facilities for the many groups that currently use the hall, including the congregation of Biggar Kirk.

The proposals were presented on Vision Sunday, and a lot of work was done to develop the drawings to enable us to get detailed tender costs. 

The following works were proposed:

  1. New fully glazed feature entrance doors and frames
  2. New fully glazed rear entrance doors, with disabled ramp access
  3. Removal of glazing bars/mesh to windows
  4. New double glazed windows throughout to reduce heat loss
  5. Internal alterations to form 4 modern WCs, consisting of 1 disabled WC and 3 unisex WCs.
  6. Internal alterations to form a new entrance/waiting area and small hall/meeting room.
  7. Revised kitchen layout with modern catering kitchen
  8. Plaster repair and decoration to the main hall
  9. New brighter decoration throughout, including new carpets, vinyl to entrance areas, stores, WCs etc.
  10. New gas fired efficient condensing central heating/Hot water boiler
  11. New energy efficient lighting throughout, and illuminated escape signage.

The Next Steps

The proposed cost was £150,000 which included VAT and fees. We were required to submit for Planning and a Building Warrant which took approximately 8 weeks before we could start work. Lanark Presbytery and the Church of Scotland General Trustees were very supportive of the refurbishment works, but we needed to submit final proposals for their approval prior to starting the works.

Prayers were asked for the following:

  • That the refurbishment works would bring glory to God and bring the community into the church
  • Donations to finance the works. This could include donations towards specific parts of the works eg the kitchen, the storage, the furniture, the landscaping, new signage etc.
  • Smooth transition for all the hall users when the works are being done, including the timescale for the works
  • Assistance for some of the easier refurbishment works that could be carried out by ourselves. This could be cleaning, painting and final touches

Adrian Shilliday
The Property Team

Biggar Parish Church of Scotland (also known as Biggar Kirk) is a Charity Registered in Scotland:  SC000333

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