Yes, it’s here, well worth waiting for”, said Robert Paton who has chaired the group to oversee the project works.” As is the case with projects such as this”, continues Robert “the journey has been long, going from choosing the architect, consulting with the congregation, through to appointing the contractor who carried out the works and then, quite importantly, making sure the works keep within budget”.
At the outset of the planning of the project, we agreed that we needed to do a number of key works which were urgently required as our halls were over 40 years old, i.e., : new heating system (including new gas supply) old system eventually broke down; full electrical rewiring ; new double glazed windows and loft insulation to keep heating costs down; new kitchen to comply with increasing hygiene standards; improved hall access, particularly for the infirm and disabled; and improved office space for our staff. In addition to this we needed a café/meeting space area which other churches have. As well as improving the quality of our meeting rooms to promote the work of our successful and growing charity, Mearns Kirk Helping Hands.
Marje Gilles, who was one of the team members in the group said, “it was very heartening to see the positive responses from church members when they came to see the hall for the first time after we took possession from the contractors”.
Robert concluded,” the contractors, AKP (Scotland) Ltd certainly did a good job completing the project on time and what appears to be on budget”.