Update from Crown 20/20 Group 

“Crown Church aims to invest in a major upgrade of our church buildings to provide a warm and welcoming home for worship, equip us with modern and accessible facilities to support Christian outreach into our community and to help our church meet the needs of that community.”

 
The Crown 20/20 Group is making very positive progress in achieving the goals set to deliver a phased upgrade of our church building to meet the needs of our congregation and community.
 
The Upper Hall is the focus of much of the current building activity and contractors I&K Ferguson are well advanced on the major refit to give us better facilities and greater storage. We are delighted that The Highland Council has agreed to install an 8-person lift to the Upper Hall as part of their partnership with us over the conversion of the Lower Hall into a nursery unit for Crown Primary School. 
 
The Upper Hall should be operational before Morrison Construction commence work for the Council on the Lower Hall on  26 April, with a view to completion on 6 August.
 
One of the spin off benefits of working with The Highland Council on the Lower Hall Project has been their welcome assistance in dealing with the removal of asbestos from the building.  Since the turn of the year, asbestos removal specialists have been removing a significant amount of material from the basement.  Any further asbestos found will also be removed. Reducing our carbon footprint in the building is  very much in our minds as we progress our many improvements.
 
We have been successful with our application for funding of £9,955 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Communities Action Fund to cover the cost of replacement double glazed windows in the Upper Hall. This grant is the latest assistance we have received in the major refurbishment of the Upper Hall and brings the total amount of grants and donations to more than £84,000 once Gift Aid is recovered. This figure includes the current congregational appeal of £33,625, including Gift Aid.  What a terrific effort.  The appeal has now been closed but there will be further opportunities for giving as we progress our ambitious plans for upgrading the church. We are also grateful to The Highland Council for a £30,000 grant from the Inverness Common Good Fund.
 
hall refurb

The Upper Hall is taking shape and this photo illustrates the progress being made.
The 8-person Innovation Lift is produced by Scandanavia AB, whose mission statement is: “We can, we do and we do it smarter”.  A photo and specification can be seen here. I hope you agree it looks impressive.   
The design of both the Upper and Lower kitchens have now been signed off. To view the Upper Hall kitchen , click on this link

 
So there is lots happening at the church despite the impacts of Covid-19 and the Crown 20/20 Group is committed to moving forward as swiftly and effectively as possible in the circumstances.