Major revamp for Princes Street URC 

PS revampPrinces Street United Reformed Church is currently embarking on a major renovation project. After selling their neighbouring building, Boardman House to Norwich University of the Arts, work is now under way to make the church building a more flexible church and community space. The church pews have already been removed from the sanctuary, and building company W.S.Lusher and Son have begun work to create new meeting rooms, a new kitchen block, and other facilities.

The project has a base cost of about £400,000 and is being led by the Rev Dr Michael Dunford who said the refurbishment would help the Princes Street United Reformed Church meet the requirements of a modern church in a changing society. “It will give us a much more workable suite of buildings. We are looking to the future and are very excited,” he said. “The aim is to refurbish and develop the church building for multiple use in its purpose to continue to provide URC Non-conformist worship and witness in the city centre along with significant community facilities and meeting rooms for a range of local groups, both large and small.”

Part of the plans include developing the welcome area at the front of the grade II-listed church “We want the church to be open and welcoming to the community around us,” said Dr Dunford. Purcell is the architect for the project and the main part of the work is expected to be completed by August. It is hoped the congregation will be able to worship in the church once more from September. In the meantime the congregation is worshipping at Trinity URC in Unthank Road in Norwich at 10.30am each Sunday.

Boardman House, which used to be a Sunday School and Lecture Hall, is to house NUA’s School of Architecture and is planned to open in 2015.
Until last year the main part of Boardman House was let to Age UK, and the Princes Street United Reformed Church used the rooms on the lower ground floor alongside the main church building next door which is now undergoing the revamp.

This article is based on an article from the Eastern Daily Press on 12 May.

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