HLF Presentation 14 October 2016

Stakeholder Presentation – 14 October 2016
by David White Chairman of the project

Presentation slides – Stakeholder presentation 14 October 2016 for publication

Opening Slide

Thank you Alan and good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

Here is an image Slide 2 with which many of us are familiar. In fact St Jude’s Church can be seen from miles around in North London and I aim to capture some of those images for our fund raising leaflet which we will be working on in due course.

Our agenda this afternoon Slide 3 will take you through the following points and there should be plenty of time at the end for your views, comments and questions and I will hand back to Alan at that point. I should say that we were advised by the Heritage Lottery Fund – I will refer to them as the HLF for the rest of this talk – that our bid had been recommended for funding but that the round last December was one of the most competitive ever and we were rejected for the reasons that I will come onto later in this talk. We understand that there were bids for circa £85 million of which circa £25 million was funded.

Going forward

Before we move on to the outline of our bid, I would like to thank all of you for supporting our bid and I would like to thank our steering committee for their wise counsel in getting us this far.

What do we want to do:

We want to conserve and stabilize this Grade 1 listed building, remove it from Historic England’s At Risk Register and make the building fully accessible. In doing so, we want to enhance the user experience be they be worshippers, visitors, members of an audience or taking part in a recording and we will be working with both Proms at St Jude’s and Henrietta Barnett School to make the building a centre for excellence in musical education, performance and recordings. We want to make this wonderful and iconic church fit for purpose for at least the next 100 years and to create a vibrant hub at the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb

We want to restore and conserve the murals and, in doing so, provide opportunities for training in conservation with the appointed specialists in this field. We would hope to provide visitors to the church with information on how the restoration is undertaken and we hope to provide opportunities for hard hat tours whilst the work is underway

We want to broaden the links between St Jude’s and the wider community by telling the distinctive story of Hampstead Garden Suburb, its social, architectural, literary and cultural history in partnership with the Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust. We want to tell the Church’s story in relation to the earlier part of the 20th century and enhance the facilities for the local community by creating a café at the western end of the church to serve both users of the building and people using Central Square. The Church has its own area of land outside the West doors

That’s a lot of work and here is a brief summary Slide 4 but let us move on and I will start by saying that if we get through Round 1, effectively the start line, one of the many investigations we will be carrying out is looking at the drainage Slide 5. I did attend a seminar run by the HLF on how to make a bid and in the opening session given by the vicar of whose church we were in, he mentioned it’s very important to find out where the water goes. Looking at these various images taken last month, you can see why. We don’t know where the water is supposed to go but we do know it’s seeping into the church and damaging the fabric. After heavy rain, I have seen water running into the boiler room. So we are going to find out where it is going and where it should go and then, as part of the delivery phase, we will endeavour to make sure it goes where we want it to go in future. This might involve laying additional ground drains on church land leading to the relevant sewers.

We then have a great deal of work to do on the fabric of the building both inside and out and this slide Slide 6 shows some of the damage that is easily visible in the Church. Coming through to the Lady Chapel this afternoon, you will have noticed the uneven floor. There are other areas in the Church including the North aisle, top right in this slide, where you walk up and down mounds in the floor. We may well have to lift and relay the whole floor. There is also a badly damaged part of the floor just outside the Lady Chapel which we think is caused by a leak from the roof but we have so far been unable to find the source of the leak. The floor may have to be lifted and relaid completely. We then have to repair the various cracks in the brickwork and repoint both the external and internal brickwork. Given the monumental size of the church that might be like painting the Forth Rail Bridge!

Slide 7 Let’s move on to the services. Firstly we have to replace the central heating. The boiler is on its last legs and the pipework is all imperial gauge and dates back to when the Church was built The radiators mostly heat the outside and users in the winter frequently bring in Calor gas heaters to warm the place up. The radiators will be left in situ and the heating will either be via pipes under grills set into the floor or we might have underfloor heating throughout. The lighting is a jumble. The only time you can see the murals properly is when the Proms at St Jude’s music festival is on and the murals are lit from below. The Church makes do with the ceiling lamps in the meantime. Furthermore, there are switches and fuse boxes all over the place and nothing is laid out logically. So if we are going to sort out the lighting, we should do it properly and install lighting to ensure the church can be used in a variety of ways – worship, performance, concerts and recordings for example -. We will work with the appropriate designers in the development phase to ensure we get the right result. Doing the work on the lighting provides us with an ideal opportunity to run the appropriate cables for recording companies enabling them to set up more efficiently than at present and we will consult with the recording companies to ensure we provide the correct solution. We will also be bringing Wi-Fi into the church.

Slide 8 The work to the chapels underpins the creation of Suburb Central @ St Judes, which started out as the Hampstead Garden Suburb Cultural Hub. That is the current thinking on the name but if anyone has any better ideas, please let know either afterwards or by the end of the month. Both chapels will remain as chapels and will still be available for worship. We do not intend deconsecrating either chapel. The works to both chapels are essentially the same but let’s start with the Lady Chapel Slide 9. What we intend doing is installing sound proof glass screens in the arches between the chapels and the Sanctuary and installing sound proof glass doors at the entrance to both chapels. So if you can imagine those screens being in place, you could come into the Lady Chapel from Central Square and look into the church even if something is taking place in the main body of the Church. Examples of how these screens might look are on the display boards

Turning to St John’s chapel Slide 10, the main changes here will cover moving the Lutyens’ altar that you can see in the picture to the sanctuary so that it becomes the high altar. The existing altar, essentially a large table, will be used elsewhere. The floor will be levelled but in doing so, we will retain the pattern of the existing steps. I should add two points here about the screens and the artefacts in the church. We have carried out a “quick and dirty” survey of the acoustics to determine whether the screens will adversely affect the acoustic and have been advised that, if anything, they might improve it. Secondly, mention has been made of the artefacts and I would just like to comment that they are all moveable and have no fixed position within the Church. These wonderful 18th century metal screens will stay and we will need to work out the precise position of the glass screens. Repositioning the altar Slide 11 will allow us to sort out the access from the vestry.

Slide 12 This view shows part of the Vestry block which gives an indication of the size of the building. Currently, the block has a basement, a ground floor and an upper floor above which is the huge roof. Our plans envisage installing a floating mezzanine floor utilising some of the roof space above the choir vestry and this is where the archiving will take place.

Slide 13 This slide shows both the large area of grass to the right of the car park and the rear of the Vestry block. The large window lights the upper Vestry and our proposed mezzanine floor will also draw light from this window. The grass area is the proposed site of the sensory garden which we will create with help from the Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society and which will be accessed from the car park.

Slide 14 Our proposed activities will cover these areas and the principal activity will focus on the creation of a digital archive of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust records and St Jude’s records. Those records are only available on a limited basis at present and our aim, with our partner Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust, is to create a fully searchable digital archive that will be available on line when complete.

We want to build on the Church’s musical tradition by working with Proms at St Jude’s and Henrietta Barnett School to make St Jude’s a centre for performance and we want to tell the story of the Garden Suburb movement. Those of you familiar with Proms at St Jude’s will know how many volunteers are involved and the diverse audiences that it brings in.

We will be working with Hampstead Garden Suburb Heritage and providing low resolution copies of the archive for their digital museum.

We will be linking up with the other Suburb bodies to ensure we can present via Suburb Central @ St Jude’s a cohesive and complete picture. We would hope to offer the archiving service to other Suburb bodies once the archives covered by the bid have been digitised and referenced. Our bid includes the appointment of a Heritage and Events Officer to help with the planning.

Slide 15 We met with representatives of the HLF back in May and received feedback on the following areas and whilst I will comment in more detail on the last two points I would just say that we are reviewing our analysis of the risks to the project and adjusting them accordingly. The Heritage Lottery Fund felt we had understated some of the risks. On the volunteer time, they felt we had overestimated the amount of time we were proposing to deliver. We advised them we have taken the café out of the volunteer activity as we feel it should be professionally run. We are also seeking a detailed estimate from the London Metropolitan Archives of the time it will take to create the digital archive. We have provided them with the desired key words, the numbers of pages and the sizes of the pages. Their estimate will help determine the volunteer time involved.

Slide 16. The HLF are aware that Churches have difficulty in raising the matched funds and whilst we have plenty of ideas, we have taken this concern seriously and have appointed a consultant to advise on the strategy we should build into the bid. We will be running a campaign across the Suburb as it is important to show that we have reached out to the community for both their financial and physical support for the project. So if you live in the Suburb, please look out for a leaflet with pictures of the Church on the front as that will start our campaign.

We feel there is scope within the project for individuals and local businesses to sponsor part of the works or to sponsor the restoration of particular objects or murals. Repointing the brick work offers definite possibilities for piecemeal sponsorship and I am aware from my conversations with the individuals behind the restoration of the pained ceiling in Greenwich that sponsorship of the restoration by per square foot or square metre has proved popular. We will work out in due course how to recognise donors and where is the most appropriate place to do so. One possibility is on the lower levels of the glass screens.

Slide 17. We have prepared a detailed paper on governance which will be submitted as a separate paper in support of our bid. We have discussed the matter with the Diocese as comment has been made that we should be creating a separate charitable body or a subsidiary of St Jude-on-the-Hill to deliver the project. We have been advised that were we to do so, the risks related to the delivery of the project would pass to that separate body or subsidiary and would not therefore be underpinned by the Diocese. As this is a circa £5 million project, I and my fellow committee members and my fellow PCC members would prefer to have the backing of the Diocese in delivering this project. The PCC will therefore be responsible for delivering the project with day to day control being exercised by the steering committee. What the PCC will be doing is opening separate bank accounts and creating a complete set of accounting records to ensure that we keep the finances of the project entirely separate from those of the Church. We are conscious however that we see this project as a community wide project in that it is a project for the benefit of the whole community and one in that we want the whole community to participate. Consequently, once the capital works are nearly complete, we will be creating a management board for Suburb Central @ St Jude’s to which we will invite representatives of the participating bodies. That board will have a rotating chairman to ensure there is no bias towards any one particular organisation in the running of Suburb Central @ St Jude’s. Suburb Central @ St Jude’s will need to stand on its own two feet and detailed business plans will be prepared during the development phase to ensure that it can and can provide funds to help with the running of St Jude’s.

Slide 18. Going forward, we aim to re-submit by 8th December for a decision in March 2017. If we get approval next March, we will then have two years to develop our proposals and to carry out all the detailed surveys we need to ensure we have covered all the eventualities and to prepare for the capital works. We will be appointing, after conducting the tender process in line with HLF’s requirements, the architects and quantity surveyors for the project together with a Project Manager. We hope our existing advisers will be tendering. Then, with his or her help and again after following the tender process in line with HLF’s requirements, we will be appointing the other specialist advisors. We will start our fund raising in earnest as, with the HLF’s approval our plans, other funds tend to get unlocked and we will be appointing a fund raising consultant to help with this essential activity. This development phase leads to a Round 2 application in March 2019 which, hopefully, will then be awarded further funding allowing us to complete the capital works over the period March 2019 – March 2021 before going into the activity phase of the delivery period which will run through to at least November 2024. We are all going to be kept busy for a considerable period of time.

We have asked the HLF to keep all the letters of support they received the first time round as the detail of our bid will not have changed but if you would like to write further in support of our project, please let me know and I will tell you who and where to write quoting this reference. We are of course very grateful for your support and the HLF have acknowledged that we have strong community support for our project. So a big thank you to all of you from the Steering Committee.

The steering committee currently comprises our existing professional advisers, Margaret Davies and Rachel James of MRDA – architectural advisers to the diocese, Ian Jupp of Huntley Cartwright, our quantity surveyors; representatives of St Jude’s – myself, Alan Walker, John Wheeler, Brian Roberts and Frances Blunden and representatives of both Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust and Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, John Atkin and Richard Wiseman. Between us, we have a wide range of professional skills and we feel that, currently, the committee does not need to grow. However, once we get into the development phase, we do consider we will need other skills on board to consider the issues and therefore, if you think you have particular skills to bring to the table that would enhance the steering committee, please let one of us know or contact me by email with the relevant details.

I think that’s enough from me so I am going to hand back to Alan to chair your questions, comments etc.