South Normanton church redevelopment grinds to a halt

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WORK to redevelop a South Normanton church has ground to a halt after building company Winfield Construction was forced to call in administrators.

The Junction 28 Church, known as The Mission, was knocked down in August last year and the rebuilding work was expected to be finished in September.

Services for the 200-strong congregation are currently being held at the Genesis Centre in Alfreton but Rev Brenda Taylor, who is co-pastor with her husband the Rev Roy Taylor, says she is hoping the building can be completed as soon as possible.

“We would like to make it very clear that the church has not gone bankrupt, the reason why redevelopment work on the church has not been completed because the building company has gone into administration,” she said.

“The work was almost complete, we’re still moving in the right direction but not as quickly as we hoped, but we want to quash rumours that the church has gone bankrupt because that is not the case.”

She says they were made aware of the company’s financial problems when a sub-contracting firm came to remove the windows because they had not been paid by Winfield Construction.

The church, based on The Common, has also been targeted by thieves since the build working halted.

“We’re disappointed but we are just trying to get over the last hurdle because the church is still alive and kicking and the new building will be a real community blessing when it is completed,” she said.

Chad made several attempts by telephone to contact Winfield Construction for a comment, but no one was available at the time of going to press. A statement on www.buildersmerchantsnews.co.uk confirmed Winfield Construction had ceased trading after calling in administrators.

Administrators are now in the process of reviewing the firm’s contracts and completing an orderly disposal of its assets.