Exciting new vision for Carnoustie Kirk’s future

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Carnoustie Church is looking at proposals for the building’s future which could be some of the most exciting plans in its 100 year history.

The Kirk Session of Carnoustie Church is currently considering plans for changes to the church building on Dundee Street and to the attendant Philip Hall across the street.

A drop-in information session will be held on Wednesday, April 22, between 7 and 8.30 p.m. in Carnoustie Church.

A spokesperson for the project explained: “Carnoustie Church also owns the Philip Hall which is extensively used by community groups most days of the week. The Church itself is mainly used once a week for Sunday worship, resulting in the beautiful interior only being used for a short time on a Sunday. Both buildings require regular upkeep.

“Some months ago the Kirk Session set up a focus group to investigate the likely property needs of the congregation in future. After considerable thought and discussion, the group came to the conclusion that the interior of the Church could be redesigned sensitively so that it can still remain principally as a place of worship but additionally may accommodate most, if not all, of the activities which currently take place in the Philip Hall. This could eventually result in the Philip Hall becoming surplus to the Church’s requirements.

“The Focus Group’s initial thoughts were put to the congregation at a meeting last year and were generally accepted in principle, resulting in an architect’s feasibility study being commissioned from Simpson & Brown, an Edinburgh-based firm who have extensive experience of working with churches across the UK on similar projects.

“The architects have produced an exciting vision for Carnoustie Church, with flexible seating, a new efficient heating system, additional meeting rooms and kitchen and toilet facilities all within the building. This could allow the building to be used, not only as a place of worship, but also as a concert venue, performance space, meeting place for small groups and a variety of other roles. There are ideas about the exterior face that the church presents to the community too.”

Principal architect John Sanders will be on hand, along with the Carnoustie Church focus group to discuss their ideas at the meeting on Wednesday.