Currently Capital Programme Manager, Julia Bond, is working with architects Squires and Brown to complete the detailed project designs as we wait for completion and exchange of contracts. Once this as happened the finalised designs will be put to tender, with the hope of enlisting the services of a contractor and starting construction in Spring 2022.
The Diocese will determine what happens to the fixtures and fittings and will arrange for anything that will not be included in the sale to be removed prior to contractual completion. Any items which are required to remain will be sympathetically incorporated into the design.
The bell tower will be restored as part of the project. Due to the nature of the stairs leading to the tower, access to the tower will be limited to essential maintenance only.
The bells will be retained within the tower, however the tower staircase is incredibly steep and narrow and does not comply with current building regulations and there is no other alternative means of escape. As a result access to the tower and bell ringing room will be limited to essential maintenance only.
St Andrew’s church was deconsecrated by the church authorities before the building was sold to the College, however the graveyard will remain consecrated.
The graveyard will remain under the control of the local Parochial Church Council (PCC) whilst it is an operational graveyard. It is normal practice for graveyards to be transferred to the local authority when they are no longer open for burials. As part of the agreement with the Diocese, it is expected that the College will maintain the grounds (e.g. cutting the grass, tending trees, etc.). We will also help maintain the pathways. We will not be responsible for maintaining headstones or monuments.
There will be an new entrance into the rear of Gray School as part of the project, which will provide step-free access into Gray School. There will be a combine boiler room serving both Gray School and St Andrew’s and the link will also provide a route for the services into St Andrew’s. There are no other changes planned for Gray School as part of the project, though the new link will provide opportunities for the future.
The main entrance for the College into the building will be from the Gray School car park via a new link building into the South Transept. The existing porch and entrance door will be used as an emergency exit.