A £3.9m expansion of the popular Locks Heath Free Church in Fareham has seen the construction project begin.  Working to designs by Chichester based Harrington Design Architects, Amiri Construction will be at the site until November 2019 to construct the new 500 seat auditorium, a larger sports hall, a café, large foyer and staff offices. Amiri will then carry out the refurbishment of the existing 180 seat auditorium, a dedicated pre-school area and a youth suite.

Mark Madavan, Senior Minister at Locks Heath Free Church says that he is delighted to see work starting on plans that have been in the pipeline for over 8 Years.

“We are looking forward to having more space to do multiple things that appeal to people of all ages in the region. We have been 80%, full, not just on Sundays but during the week. The existing auditorium just cannot cope with the demand and so we are looking forward to opening the new facilities next year,” said Mark Madavan.

The project is funded thanks to personal gifts from the church family, the sale of a church property, fund raising activities, applying for any appropriate grants and a large mortgage also paid for by the church congregation.

Martin Tidby, Director at Fareham based Amiri Construction, said that the considerate building programme will enable worship to continue throughout the building phase in the currently used auditorium. The existing building will be closed for the refurbishment when the new facility opens.

For additional information visit www.lhfc.org.uk

Photo Caption: (from Left) Amiri’s Martin Tidby and Site Manager Adrian Harvey with Mark Madavan and Internal Building Team Member Grant Shaw.