The build has been named the Bridge of Hope project, aiming to offer a multi-purpose facility for everyone to use. Portsmouth lord mayor Councillor, Frank Jonas, met the students, praising, ‘It’s good that the university are co-operating with the pastor in making this a reality.’
Senior Practice and Research Administrator of the School of Architecture, Plamena Gamzova, agreed that the extension is a brilliant project giving the students the perfect opportunity to practise their creative skills and will be a great resource to the community.
The architecture students are currently in the process of designing and planning their ideas to present to the church members in due course. Josh Rowland, one of the students, said, ‘This is going to be seen as a social hub. This will be a place where people of all different beliefs and backgrounds are welcome to join. I have never been religious myself but I would definitely come and check this place out. There is loads going on and it has a really great vibe.’
Once the plans have been drawn up there will be a community consultation period and an application for planning permission will be made.
Senior pastor, Dan Harman, has shared his excitement for the project, ‘We are looking forward to providing a multi-purpose space for our community to use. This will be a community hub for all, offering a space where people can come as they are, regardless of background, and socialise.’
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