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Footprint FAQs - 2019

Good news, Phase 1 of the Footprint project has been completed and we have begun work on Phase 2. The building works on the North side of the Abbey will impact in some way on everyone who uses the Abbey; the congregation, staff, volunteers and visitors. 

However we are affected, we are determined as much as possible to make a virtue of the building works, with the ability to show people behind the scenes and see aspects of the Abbey that have not been visible since mid-Victorian times. 

Footprint will help realise our vision for the Abbey to be a people and place fully alive through Jesus Christ - through strong and vibrant worship, hospitality and justice.  New buildings, new interpretation facilities and a new programme of activities put in place over the next few years will equip us for the next generation of our life together. 

Thank you for your support and for continuing to be part of this journey. 

The Footprint Executive Group

How will the building work impact on access, worship, visiting and events?

What building work is currently taking place?

  • The floor of the North end of the Abbey, including the nave, transept and parts of the crossing will be repaired and work will continue on the new choir rehearsal facilities, offices and meeting rooms in Kingston Buildings.  Work is also being carried out in the basement of Abbey Chambers.

Where are the exterior hoardings sited?

  • The hoardings are from the Rebecca fountain along the North and East sides of the Abbey towards the Orange Grove taxi rank and on the South side from the Abbey to Abbey Chambers.

Will Abbey Chambers and 11a York Street be accessible?

  • York Street will be accessible as usual and Abbey Chambers will be accessible from the door which opens up onto the car park next to 11a Yotk Street.

How will the Adventist Chapel and houses in Terrace Walk be accessed?

  • Through a door in the hoardings at the corner near Arcania.

How will I get into the Abbey?

  • Through the temporary main entrance in the South West corner (next to the Shop).  The South East door near Kingston Buildings and the choir gate access into the rest room will not be available.

How will members of the choirs and volunteers get into the rest room and choir vestry?

  • During opening hours from the usual door in the South Transept. After opening hours through the outside door of the shop.

How will midweek services and events be affected?

  • The seating capacity of the Abbey will be considerably reduced to 250 in the East end with additional seating in the South aisle (please note there will be limited visibility for those seated in the South aisle). Building work in the Abbey will stop for funeral services. Evening Prayer and evening services and events will continue as usual. Morning Prayer, Thursday Holy Communion and Friday Holy Communion will take place as usual. No building work is planned for Saturdays or Sundays.

How will Sunday services be affected?

  • All five services, 8am, 9.30am, 11.15am, 3.30pm and 6.30pm will take place as usual. Building work will not take place on weekends so there will not be any noise. The distribution of Holy Communion will take place in the Sanctuary and East end. The main difference is that there will be only 250 seats in the East end. There will be additional seating in the South aisle however there will be limited visibility for those seated in this section. 

How will Advent and Christmas services be affected?

  • The reduction in available seating will have an impact. Where possible we are increasing the number of services and we will signpost people to other churches when we have reached capacity at the Midnight Holy Communion service on Christmas Eve.

We will be having weekly meetings with the builders to keep things running as smoothly as possible and the Footprint executive group will continue to meet weekly on a Thursday to keep on top of forward planning and communications.

If you have any questions which have not been answered here, please do not hesitate to get in touch via phone 01225 422462, email or call into the Abbey Office in 11a York Street.

Thank you for your support and your patience.