The Directors of DCE produced a building brief for the architect to give some guidance on the ideas that were being discussed for the possible use of the building. The information of this was developed from the Dunadd Community Plan, two community meetings, and DCE AGM’s. This document gave guidance and showed the needs and wants of the community.
The brief asked for three options on possible adaptions to the building, in reality there is another option which is to do nothing with the building.
We actually ended up with four possible adaption drawings with the fifth to do nothing with the building.
The Directors considered all the options and came to the decision to recommend option four to the community and DCE members as the best option.
Two story with an open/exhibition/ meeting space, a shop, multi-purpose pods/ units/rooms that can be rented out short or long term to produce an income. The open meeting space keeps the height of the church.
Two story with an open/exhibition/meeting space, a shop, multi-purpose pods/units/rooms that can be rented out short or long term to produce an income. The stairs to the second floor are more prominent at the front of the building, and there is more space on the second floor.
Two story with an open/exhibition/meeting space, a shop, with holiday lets rooms that can be rented out short term to produce an income. The stairs are at the rear of the main hall, and there is the same space as option 2 on the second floor.
Its three floors give an opportunity for community events, a shop, as well as other spaces that can be rented out on a short or long-term basis.
The ‘staggered’ arrangement of the first and second floors allows a clear view of the ‘leaded’ window at the east gable end and also maintains the sense of height at that end. Compartmentalising a large parts of the building ease the heating issue and reduce energy costs along with providing better opportunities for developing an income.
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Option 5 iis to step away from the project and not purchase or convert the church.
We used the original community consultations about the building, and the Dunadd Community plan as a template to explore how the building could be used. These events and processes clearly stated that there is a need for community space, for events, for a shop, and for the whole project to not be a financial burden on future generations. The plans of options 1-3 did not meet the full criteria. We thought they were limited on one or two factors which restricted income or community usage.
Option 4 gives a space for community groups and events, areas that can be used to develop income, and a shop. It will attract tourists who will visit the Kilmartin crosses as well as the new church tower view. The building is divided into small spaces, making it easier to heat, as well as keeping the large open space feeling in the exhibition and performance space.
We would like your feedback and thoughts and for you to answer some questions that will help us to develop the business plan.