Boston Stump blessed with award for new facilities

Project manager Peter Coleman, cafe manager Dorothy Howes and the Rev Chris Wedge. LH
Project manager Peter Coleman, cafe manager Dorothy Howes and the Rev Chris Wedge. LH

Boston Stump has been blessed with a national architectural award for its new visitor and community facilities.

The team behind the £250,000 changes say they are ‘delighted’ to receive The President’s Award, which is awarded annually by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association in conjunction with the Incorporated Church Building Society for new design in re-ordering, alterations, extensions or new church buildings.

Peter Coleman, project manager, said: “This award is the icing on the cake as the church has been planning these new facilities for many years and to see them up and running is a major boost not only for the church but also the town.

“It shows the churches commitment to its on-going programme of improvements to make it a more welcoming place for worshippers and visitors.”

The church’s new shop, café and toilets were designed by Manchester architects, Buttress, Fuller, Alsop, Williams.

The new additions were officially opened in July by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, who has been a long-standing patron of the Restoration and Development Appeal.

The Rev Chris Wedge, one of the vicars at the parish church, said: “This project is built around providing God’s healing, hospitality and hope for all people.”

Construction work started in January of this year and was completed, under budget and ahead of schedule,
 by June.

Funding for the project came not only from St Botolph’s Church itself but also The Church and Community Fund, The Beatrice Laing Trust, The National Churches Trust, Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd, The Medlock Charitable Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Department of Culture Media and Sport and The Rural Development Programme England.

The main contractor was The Lindum Group Ltd of Lincoln.