Buildings Extension Completed

New extension completed and handed over by Prime BuildOn the Friday 11 April 2014, the Buildings Project was for all purposes complete.  The safe use of the building was formally handed back from Prime Build to the Project Group.  Prime Build still remained on site to carry out some minor cosmetic work for 2 weeks thereafter.  Although we were a couple of weeks behind the original estimated completion date, due to inclement weather and some minor alterations to the original plan, we were very excited about the prospect of being back in the building for worship. All those months of planning and building had eventually come to an end.  We were looking forward to our first service on Palm Sunday 13 April 2014.  There was a special sense of joy and celebration on that day and on following week on Easter Sunday.

The church and all its users had coped well during the building phase and this was greatly assisted by the patience and professionalism of the staff of Prime Build.

We now have a very functional extension; more seating capacity in the sanctuary, a larger chancel, a practical working kitchen for hospitality, an excellent AV system, an office/reception at the front door and a quiet room for prayer and reflection.  It was so uplifting to hear the positive comments as people took a tour of our ‘new look’ church. As the weeks passed and people began to get used to the new extension and reconfiguration of the internal layout, this positivity continued.

On Sunday 18 May 2014, the church was bursting at the seams as we had our dedication service where we shared worship with a number of ‘special guests’, friends and of course our congregation.

We are now almost a year on from our first service and all the disruption we experienced is a distant memory as we enjoy our new building and its improved facilities.  Our hope and prayer is that we will use the building to the glory of God and in the service of our community as we aim to be a friendly and welcoming church where people of all ages…

Baljaffray Church Buildings

Baljaffray Parish Church building with tree

Baljaffray Parish Church is situated on Grampian Way, Baljaffray, Bearsden. The building is a modern multi-purpose one; it was erected on the site of the former Bearsden North Church (Baljaffray) Hall, completed and consecrated for worship in 1993.

The church consists of a sanctuary and ancillary accommodation. The sanctuary has a wonderful atmosphere of lightness and space, due mainly to Wall hanging in Baljaffray Church Sanctuaryinnovative use of windows and lighting. The seating capacity of the sanctuary is approximately 280.

The wall hanging in the Sanctuary was produced by the Sewing and Knitting Group of Bearsden North Church. The ladies of this group all contributed towards ideas when planning this wall-hanging after our minister at the time, Keith Blackwood, intimated, at the start of the new Millennium, that he would like a banner for the Church.

The ancillary accommodation comprises four halls, one meeting room, vestry/ office, two kitchens and toilets.

The Sanctuary

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Church Extension Project

The Extension project was completed in April 2014; this article tells the story of the project.

On the 11 October 2013 East Dunbartonshire Council’s Planning Department granted full planning permission for our project.

Work commences, December 2013

The last service took place in the current Sanctuary on Sunday 1 December 2013, and on the evening of 4th December2013 the sanctuary will be closed until further notice.

Prime Build commenced work around 7th November 2013, progress is steady and the project is currently just behind schedule due to the weather. 

Weather permitting the project should be finished by 14 March 2014, approximately 2 weeks behind. 

Joining up the roof - January 2014The full structures are now in place and the extension is taking shape. The breakthrough from old to new took place on 17/01/2014 and the building is now watertight.

Some internal work has commenced:

The kitchen has been designed by Howdens and is very much fit for purpose. The fitting of the kitchen has commenced and will be completed over the next few weeks.New kitchen under construction - January 2014

The main electrical cablehead has been relocated, enabling the corridor to be widened.

AV contractor SCENEngineering has been appointed to design a state of the art AV and lighting system for the whole church and they are working closely with Prime Build.

Corridor is wider now - January 2014The new chancel is being designed and, with the assistance of Prime Build, this part of the project should be commencing soon.

ARPL our appointed architects continue to act on our behalf as project manager. A recent site visit went very well and they are more than satified with both the progress and the quality of the work. They have reassured us that the delay is solely due to the weather. Session visit new sanctuary - January 2014

We continue to liaise with the external users of the building and it would be fair to say they have been very understanding and helpful in respect to the building works. one or two minor issues regarding noise have been resolved to the best of our ability.

Services continue in Baljaffray Primary School and after a few trial and errors we seem to be managing very well.

Baljaffray Manse

The ManseThe Manse is a modern eight apartment detached dwelling house with double garage underneath and large driveway. It is within two minutes walking distance of the church.

It was built by John Lawrence in 1979 and there is a more recent kitchen/laundry room extension at the rear. The accommodation comprises, on the ground floor, vestibule, hall, drawing room, dining room, morning room, kitchen, toilet and utility room.

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