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Toilets and kitchens

Improving visitor facilities through capital redevelopment projects to install toilets, kitchenettes or tea stations.

Introduction

Caring for people's needs is all part of providing a great welcome to church. Good visitor facilities also enable a greater range of activties to take place for people of all ages, needs and abilities.

We hope this information on the work in the Diocese of Chester will be:

  • A celebration of improving our buildings to enable the church to flourish more
  • Help and inspiration to churches considering such a project by signposting to those who have undertaken such a project

 

Gaining further advice if your church is considering improving its visitor facilities:

  • Step 1: Decide on the scale and preferred location of the facilities and capture this in a Statement of Need. You may find the examples below helpful.  You may also want to compare notes with these churches as to how they developed and managed their project.
  • Step 2: Discuss the practicalities (e.g. heritage issues, water supply and drainage) with your architect.
  • Step 3: Once you have some outline proposals, you should seek early, informal advice from the DAC

 

Funding

 

 

New toilet facilities

In each section below, examples are listed in alphabetical order by location.

  • Ashley, St Elizabeth (toilet and kitchenette in purpose-built extension at north west corner of nave)
    Ashley Road, Ashley, WA14 3QE Image top, above
  • Aston-by-Sutton, St Peter (toilet at west end), Aston Lane, Aston, WA7 3ED
     
  • Backford, St Oswald (toilet in free-standing wooden pavilion in the churchyard), Church Lane (off A41), Backford, Chester. CH2 4BE                      
  • Bollington, St Oswald (big scheme to build extension to house three toilets incorporating the former church porch turned through 90 degrees) Bollington Road, Bollington, SK10 5EG
     
  • Church Minshull, St Bartholomew (toilet is a re-used outbuilding), Cross Lane (B5074), Church Minshull, CW5 6DY
  • Doddington, St John the Evangelist (toilet block in extension at north east corner of building, together with new housing unit for a new energy efficient boiler) Image right
    Church Lane,  Doddington, Nantwich, CW5 7PS
  • Fardon, St Chad (toilet is a lean-to extension to the church accessed from the churchyard)
    Church Lane, Farndon, CH3 6QD
  • Frodsham, St Lawrence (toilet under tower at west end)
    St Laurence Parish Church, Church Road, Frodsham, WA6 6AD
  • Mobberley, St Wilfrid (toilet is on the north side of the chancel in a former organ chamber due to sensitivity and cost of other options in this Grade 1 building)
    Church Lane, Mobberley, WA16 7RA
  • Runcorn Weston, St John the Evangelist (west end toilet facilities)
    Heath Road South, Weston Village, Runcorn, WA7 4LY


Churches considering toilet projects in the future

  • Antrobus, St Mark (toilets and kitchen, work in progress, 2015). Knutsford Road, Antrobus, CW9 6JW
  • Ince, St James (toilets proposed for either west end or south porch)
    Poole Lane, Ince, CH2 4NX
  • Lower Peover, St Oswald (toilet in free-standing construction in churchyard, north side of the church)
    The Cobbles, Crown Lane, Lower Peover, WA16 9PZ
  • Nantwich, St Mary (toilets under construction either side of west door)
    Church Lane, Nantwich, CW5 5RG
  • Rostherne, St Mary (still at informal stage - major scheme involving an extension)
    Rostherne Lane, Rostherne, WA16 6RT

Toilet twinning

Toilet Twinning- You may like to consider this social action project

 

Kitchenettes

  • Birkenhead, Christ the King (big, open kitchen separate from the church worship space)
    St Anne Street (nr Birkenhead Park Station), CH41 4JF
  • Stockport, St Mary (west end of north aisle, suitable for caterers)
    Churchgate, Stockport, SK1 1YG

 

Tea Stations


Churches considering kitchen projects in the future

  • Stretton, St Matthew (proposed as a new extension on the north side of the church)
    Stretton Road, Stretton, WA4 4NT
     

Image credits

In order as they appear

  • Ashley, St Elizabeth (kitchenette and loos)
  • Doddington, St John the Evangelist (loos)
  • Burleydam, St Mary and St Michael (kitchenette)
  • Mobberley, St Wilfrid (tea station)

 

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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.