Dorridge Church officially opened after £ 4million project
A NEW Dorridge Church has finally opened – after 140 years of planning.
Funded by parishioners and loans, more than £ 4million was raised to replace the existing St Philip’s Church buildings, first constructed in 1878, which engineers deemed unfit for use due of its crumbling Victorian foundations.
Keir Construction, along with local procurement partners, worked throughout the pandemic to complete the environmentally friendly “A” rated building on time and on budget.
In the center of the new building is a single glass spire weighing about three and a half tons.
Highly skilled engineering and precision crane assembly were required to complete its installation safely.
The church, with its acoustic design and maintaining the original stained glass window, can now accommodate up to 400 people in the worship space, with integrated baptistery, surround sound system, WiFi and streaming service.
Vicar of Dorridge and Bentley Heath, Reverend Canon Duncan Hill-Brown said, “It took years of planning, fundraising and hard work to bring about this opening ceremony.
“I am delighted with all that has been achieved, with a wonderful church and community facility in the heart of Dorridge and Bentley Heath. We invite local residents to come see for themselves what is going on and join us in worship and community life.
Over 2,500 people attended a specially organized open house on Saturday September 4 to see the new church.
In addition to a worship space, the building includes a sports hall, nursery, youth room, catering kitchen and meeting / activity rooms.
The Main Auditorium is a multi-purpose facility with acoustics designed by the same team that designed the Birmingham Conservatory.
Materials and labor were all sourced locally, boosting the local economy and providing skilled jobs during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the bricks and rubble from the old church have been reused for the foundations while the hardwood for the huge internal beams comes from sustainable sources.
In fact, all materials are sourced from environmentally friendly suppliers.
The new building was inaugurated by the Right Reverend David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, in a ceremony held on Sunday 5 September.