Green mission centre project for Minster

A new ‘eco friendly’ mission centre has been given the green light by leaders of the Church of England in Nottinghamshire.

The new offices and conference accommodation will be built on land near the current offices across the road from Southwell Minster and will be funded partly through the sale of the present listed offices, which will be restored and converted to apartments.

The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, welcomed the new plans and said: “This is an exciting project as we build for the future and make a positive contribution to the architecture and impact in historic Southwell.

“The building is all about resourcing the mission of the church and supporting the vital work our parish churches do in local communities with all those in need of our love, care and help in both spiritual and practical ways.”

Construction is due to start in January and the offices, on three level,s will be built into sloping land at the side of the current offices. The new building, which will cost approx £3m (coming from current diocesan investments and the sale of the present offices), will bring together diocesan staff and bishops in shared open plan offices, as well as providing meeting and small conference rooms.

The building will include many energy saving featurese.

Planning permission for the building was granted in the summer, but the final go-ahead was agreed at a meeting of directors of the diocese this month.

Further information and photographs of the new building are available on the website: www.southwell.anglican.org