Project information

Wesley Memorial Church Oxford Open Doors Phase 4

To complete our Open Doors project by supporting the elderly, disabled and those participating in the arts from our central premises available for community use and by providing a warm environment in which the bereaved can feel welcome by installing double glazed heritage windows

December 2017 - November 2018

Charity information: Wesley Memorial Church Oxford Open Doors Project

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  • Need


    With over 54,000 people per annum visiting our premises, we need to ensure that we have provided sufficient and modernised toilet facilities and additional storage to support the increased use of our buildings as a result of completing phases 1 to 3 of our project. We also wish to provide a warm and draught free environment for the 400 people per annum seeking support from Oxford Cruse Bereavement Care who are based in our premises


    By constructing additional toilet facilities on the ground floor for women and additional storage of 12 sq m to replace a timber shed and replacing single glazed heritage windows with double glazed purpose made windows.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide additional toilet facilities for women on the ground floor of our building


    » Constructing additional toilet facilities

    Consumer satisfaction and feedback from users of the premises

    Aim 2

    To replace lost storage facilities following Hall refurbishment with a new 12 sq m building


    » To build new storage facility

    By being able to move furniture and equipment around more easily and free up space for other activities

    Aim 3

    To replace single glazed heritage windows (1932) with purpose made double glazed windows


    » To commission the installation of the new windows

    More comfortable environment for users and feedback from users and savings on heating costs

  • Impact


    To provide premises which are welcoming, hospitable and flexible to meet the changing needs and expectation of more visitors from the local community using the facilities; to achieve a reduction of 10% in the heating costs for those parts of the building where the new windows will have been installed


    By not having all the funds in place to complete Phase Four at the start of the contract. If this were the case, we would modify the project to utilise the funds available or extend the completion date to allow for more funds to be raised


    By notifying them regularly of progress and inviting them to visit our premises following completion of the project, as we have done with earlier phases

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £132,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Substructure Includes drainage
      £28,500 Structure Roofs and walls
      £40,000 Windows Includes 15 heritage windows
      £7,000 Mechanical Installation
      £13,000 Electrical Includes wiring
      £6,000 Fixtures and fittings Includes sanitary appliances
      £10,000 Fees Includes architect and cost consultant
      £22,100 VAT Based on 20% of costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Own members £75,000 Guaranteed
    Trust for Oxfordshire Environment £5,000 Guaranteed
    Methodist Insurance Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
    Allchurches Trust £3,500 Guaranteed
    Sandra Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Doris Field Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Beatrice Laing Charitable Trust £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Oxford's population is 159,600 (Office National Statistics 2015 mid-estimate). 32,000 students are enrolled full time in the two universities. Oxford has the third highest ethnic minority population in south east England. Wesley Memorial is located in the heart of the city and therefore welcomes students, shoppers, business people and tourists. Despite its world wide status, a survey by the University of Sheffield in 2008 revealed that Oxford is in the top ten loneliest cities in the UK.


    In 2008 our neighbourhood had an estimated 6,858 residents and 982 dwellings. The Indices of Deprivation (2015) prepared by the office of National Statistics showed our Neighbourhood to be most deprived in Health Deprivation and Disability, Crime, Barriers to Housing and Services and Living Environment Deprivation (pollution being a contributory cause)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing community services in their present form for over 32 years and are well known locally for them. We provide these services with a combination of paid staff and volunteers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nikos Paplomatas

    Nikos is employed as our Church Manager and is responsible for ensuring that our premises are well used and well maintained

    Derek Rawson

    Derek has been a member of Wesley Memorial for over 35 years and is Chair of the Open Doors Project Group, co-ordinating fundraising and planning.

I think this redevelopment project is very important for Oxford Communities and I hope it can go forward as planned