St. Swithin’s church is grade II* listed and is said to be one of the most important churches by James Fowler. In recent years, this urban church’s congregation was dwindling to a point where only three parishioners attended a once a week service. Consequently, the building was unable to afford its general maintenance.
Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Value: £1m (projected)
St. Swithin’s was relaunched in 2014 by a team sent by Holy Trinity Brompton, London, at the invitation of the Bishop of Lincoln. The new mission has resulted in a lively and growing church, with a variety of ages meeting across two Sunday congregations.
RRA’s intervention is broken into two phases. Phase I includes new underfloor heating throughout the nave and side aisles, with new toilet/shower facilities and a new kitchen pod for light refreshments. A new stage area is proposed as well as areas for children groups and flexible, adaptable space to cater
for contemporary styles of worship.
Phase II includes the installation of mezzanine meeting rooms to allow this urban church to generate a revenue stream.