What we’re doing – now and next
The Dockyard Church project
The Trust has received a Round 1 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Heritage Enterprise Grant which unlocks £500,000 of development funding, with a further £4.25m becoming available on the successful completion of the development phase.
We’re now in discussions with major donors to raise match funding. Swale Borough Council have already generously contributed £70,000 and further funding has been pledged by the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Pilgrim Trust.
Procurement and management
Over the coming months we will be appointing our professional team, including project architect.
We’ve appointed heritage business conultants Glevum Consulting to manage the project. Having successfully navigated us through the HLF bid process, they are now working with the Trust to appoint the project design team, including architects, structural engineers and quantity surveyors.
Running alongside the Dockyard Church project, the Trust are running a series of arts and education projects working with local people and schools, gathering memories of the church and the Dockyard, and bringing the community into the project at the earliest opportunity.
The Church garden is home to Room – a dedicated arts space hosting exhibitions and workshops inspired by the project.
Securing the building
Our first task on site will be to carry out £200,000 of urgent works (joint-funded by Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund) to secure the fabric of the building.
The architects will develop designs for sensitively restored church that will be adapted for community use as a supported workspace incubator for young businesses, where they will have access to affordable facilities and professional advice to grow and thrive.
Public access to the restored building is a vital component, and the designs will also need to accommodate display of the restored and repatriated Sheerness Dockyard model, with its huge 1600 square feet footprint.
We’re working with local organisations to inform modern and relevant interpretation for the model, incorporating exciting Virtual Reality technologies designed by local young businesses.
We’re assembling a professional team to help save and restore the Dockyard Church