What we’re doing – now and next
The Dockyard Church project
Since the successful Round 1 award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund the Trust have been working with its appointed professional team Glevum Consulting Ltd (Project Management), Hugh Broughton Architects, Martin Ashley Architects and PT Projects (Cost consultant) to progress the project.
The architect team have been producing design plans for the completed building and have achieved planning permission and listed building consent.
Urgent Works to stabilise the building began at the end of November after the Trust were successfully awarded a grant of £199,000 by Historic England. Coniston were contracted to complete the work under the management of Martin Ashley Architects (MAA). A complex design of scaffolding was erected to stabilise the existing walls and a viewing platform erected to allow safe access to the building.
Hugh Broughton Architects have now developed a virtual reality fly through showing the proposed project as it is intended once complete.
This technology was first introduced to the project by Trustee, Chris Foulds with the intention to make this available for the community who will be able to view a V.R. tour of the proposed project, in the near future.
Fundraising has been underway for the last 18 months. We have approached several Trusts and Foundations and individual donors. The response we have received has been outstanding culminating in pledges of over £2 million in matched funding towards our project.
In addition to this the Trust has secured funding from the Arts Fund to transport, conserve and display the Great Dockyard model.
In December 2018 the Trust received the news that the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded the project a £4.2 million Round 2 pass which means that the project will now proceed with the necessary funding in place.
The Trust is partnering with the charity Kent Youth Support Trust (KYST) to run and manage the completed building . KYST is the newest of a network of Youth Support Trusts (YST) which are in place throughout the UK. YST provides business advice, affordable work spaces, funding opportunities, contacts and networking opportunities to individuals between the ages of 18 to 30 years, thus providing young entrepreneurs with support and guidance through their business start-up period.
KYST have started their work on the island by setting up in the Old Sheerness library building with the help of Innov8 on Sheppey director, SDPT Trustee and KYST Trustee, Chris Foulds. It is anticipated that any KYST businesses that are started in the library will then move to the Dockyard Church upon it’s completion.
Next steps …..
The architect team are now working on detailed design and cost plans. These will then form the basis of the tender package to contractors who will tender for the construction work on the building towards the end of this year.
It is expected that this tender process will be complete by early next year with the main contractor starting on site in March 2020.
Ownership of the Great Dockyard model has been transferred to SDPT and is at present still in secure storage in Fort Brockhurst, Gosport. It is expected that it will soon be transported to a nearer location and 3D scans taken to help the architect team to better understand the best way to conserve and display it.
In December 2018 the Trust received the news that the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded the project a £4.2 million Round 2 pass.