Cramped-for-space church plans centre
24 November, 2017 — By Joe Cooper
How the new centre could look
PLANS for a new community centre at Christ Church Highbury have been filed at the Town Hall.
The church wants to offer more space for community activities and improved office space for clergy and staff. For many years the church has suffered from insufficient and inadequate space for its administration, youth work and community outreach, according to documents submitted to Islington Council planning department.
“Many of the different groups use rooms in the vicarage basement, which also houses the Christ Church staff and clergy offices,” the documents add. “These spaces, shoehorned as they are into original residential rooms within the basement, are of very poor quality for these functions.” The new building on the south side of the Highbury Grove church – next to Highbury Fields – would house an office, a large room for community use, a kitchen and café, toilets and showers and a re-landscaped courtyard.
The new centre will allow the church to increase the number of homeless people offered shelter once a week as part of the Islington-wide Night Shelter project. “Two new meeting rooms – which can be combined into a single large room – will have multiple uses as rooms for Junior Church on Sunday, midweek groups, church meetings, community group use, and weddings and birthday parties,” the documents add.