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Update 7

18 April 2019 (Maundy Thursday)

Rochdale Road reopens on time as promised

After being closed for two days short of two months, Rochdale Road was reopened this afternoon.

The work to build the scaffolding clamp across St Paul's Methodist Church has been completed on time and the road was returned to the control of Oldham Council. Diversions are no longer in place and traffic can move freely around Shaw.

Chapel Street shall remain closed for the duration of the project.

After the Easter holiday, the stonemasons will move onto the site of the chapel and begin to make the building safe by removing dangerous masonry. The Methodist Church authorities are in conversation with Oldham Council and Historic England about the future of the site. The congregation continue to worship with friends at the United Reformed Church a little further up Rochdale Road.

Thank you for your patience.

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon, Superintendent Minister

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Update 6

17 April 2019

Very Nearly There!

Subject to the Oldham Council highways department, it is anticipated that Rochdale Road shall reopen at teatime tomorrow (18 April 2019).

Thank you for your patience.

After Easter you will see work progressing to make the building safe. This is expected to take around six weeks. Then the scaffolding will be dismantled — but we do not expect to need to close the Rochdale Road again.

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

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Update 5

16 April 2019

We are nearly there!

The work to build the scaffolding clamp is almost completed. The side constructions on Chapel Street and in the church carpark are completed and we are now putting the crossbeams in place. They go across the roof behind the paparet and across the front of the church. This structure will both hold the building together whilst work is completed and give access for the stonemasons to do their work.

The primary task is to make the building safe and this will be done by bringing down the masonry which is unsupported and liable to fall. You will most likely notice the effects of this on the front elevation of the building. The level of the front of the building will be reduced and will look a bit like a gappy-tooth!

Work is on time and it is expected that Rochdale Road shall reopen on 18 April 2019.

Once this work is completed and the building is safe, the scaffolding will be removed and we shall begin to make decisions about what happens next.

The Christian Church is celebrating the holiest week of the calendar. Thursday will be Maundy Thursday, when we celebrate the institution of the Lord's Supper/Eucharist and remember how Jesus was betrayed by Judas. Friday is Good Friday when we remember that Jesus was crucified and how the disciples thought that the end had come and they had been defeated. On Easter Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus showing that whilst human endeavour might seem futile, God is bigger than all our efforts and is not yet finished.

God is not yet finished with his church in Shaw, the story has not ended, the future stands ahead of us.

Christ has died! Christ is Risen! Christ will come again!

 

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

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Update 4

5 April 2019

Work to create the scaffolding clamp has been making steady progress. The scaffold on the Chapel Street side of the building is complete and that on the opposite side almost so. The next phase will see the front elevation of the building secured by a construction linking the two side scaffold structures.

In order to enable the safe operating of equipment, it has been necessary to trim the two trees at the front of the building. This will enable the workers to gain access to the front of the chapel, and construct the remainder of the scaffolding, without getting caught up in the branches of the trees.

Work is on time and it is expected that Rochdale Road shall reopen on 18 April 2019.

Thank you for your continued patience.

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

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For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2Em5xuO
Email: RSCDistrictTeam@oldham.gov.uk
Highways Contact Centre 0161 770 4325
Councillor Chris Gloster E:chris.gloster@oldham.gov.uk T: 01706 847709

 

What next?

Once the building is made safe, the Methodist Church needs to decide what the ultimate future of the building is going to be. We are giving consideration to this important question and the national Church authorities are consulting with Oldham Council, English Heritage and the local ward councillors. We would like to invite comment from the community. Can you help us by answering these questions please?

1. If we were able to redevelop the existing buildings, what do you see as the possible future use?

2. What would you miss if the buildings were demolished?

3. If the buildings were demolished, what would you like to see on the site?

Please contact us with your responses here.

 

#Update 4
19 March 2019 1326h

The preparatory work has been completed on time despite the high winds and bad weather last week. Work has now commenced to build the scaffolding structure which will 'clamp' the building together.

This substantial structure will take up a large portion of Chapel Street and so that road will remain closed for the duration of the project. The scaffolding to the left of the building requires the demolition of the glass atrium in order to enable the creation of the structure to bear the weight of the building on that side. The final part of the structure will support the front of the building whilst it is lowered to the height at which it becomes stable.

This phase of the work is scheduled to last four weeks and Rochdale Road will remain closed during this time.

The Methodist Church continues to work alongside Oldham Council and English Heritage in this project and holds regular meetings to monitor progress and establish procedures. The Methodist Church also continues to give consideration to what happens once the building is stabilised and made safe, I shall be meeting with the Ward Councillors covering Shaw & Crompton this evening for consultation and conversations.

Thank you for your continued patience.

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

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For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2Em5xuO
Email: RSCDistrictTeam@oldham.gov.uk
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Councillor Chris Gloster E:chris.gloster@oldham.gov.uk T: 01706 847709

 

Update 3
12 March 2019 1345h

Work began this morning to prepare for the erection of the scaffolding 'clamp' which is to hold the building in place as the front fa├žade and roof are carefully dismantled.

The work will take approximately one week before the scaffolding structure will be constructed. That construction will take approximately four weeks to complete and Rochdale Road shall remain closed for the duration of that period.

Shaw Councillors are meeting with the church's technical team this afternoon to receive a full briefing on the work to be done and associated time expectations.

Thank you for your continued patience.

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

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For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2Em5xuO
Email: RSCDistrictTeam@oldham.gov.uk
Highways Contact Centre 0161 770 4325
Councillor Chris Gloster E:chris.gloster@oldham.gov.uk T: 01706 847709

 

 

Update 2
7 March 2019 0813h

Following a site meeting yesterday afternoon, I can now tell you that contractors will start work on the site on Tuesday 12 March 2019. Preparation work for the erection of the scaffolding 'clamp' will begin and will take about one week. Following that, the scaffolding structure, which keeps the workers safe and holds the building together as they work on it, will be assembled. It will take approximately four weeks for this part of the process to be completed during which time Rochdale Road will remain closed to traffic. It is expected that the entire project will take around sixteen weeks. Chapel Street will remain closed for the duration of the works.

Thank you for your continued patience.

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

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For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2Em5xuO
Email: RSCDistrictTeam@oldham.gov.uk
Highways Contact Centre 0161 770 4325
Councillor Chris Gloster E:chris.gloster@oldham.gov.uk T: 01706 847709

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Update 1
5 March 2019 1521h

The situation with the old Chapel at St Paul's Methodist Church in Shaw presently remains unchanged since its collapse in the early hours of 21 February 2019.

The building, which is Grade II listed, remains in a dangerous state and so Chapel Street and Rochdale Road remain closed to traffic. The church is working hard with Oldham Council, English Heritage and the Conservation Officer of the national Methodist Church to make the necessary preparations for clearing debris and making the building safe. The situation is made complex by the historic nature of the building and the presence of a graveyard in front of and underneath the building.

The intention is to remove the remaining roof from the old chapel and to reduce the front elevation to the level at which the structure becomes safe and stable. The work will be done carefully, with conservation principles in mind. It is a listed building and we may not demolish it.

Our primary task is to make the building safe and the enable the roads that are presently closed to be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are presently waiting for a firm of Structural Engineers to design a scaffolding system which will effectively clamp the side walls of the building together whilst the very unstable front elevation is reduced to a safe height. Once this design has been completed and approved it will take some days to construct before work can commence.

Work cannot commence , nor road be reopened, until it is absolutely safe to do so. The safety of the public and the safety of the workers on site is of paramount importance. The inconvenience of road closures falls into second place behind these safety concerns.

I shall post updates about the work as it makes progress and as there is anything to say.

Thank you for your continued patience.

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

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For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2Em5xuO
Email: RSCDistrictTeam@oldham.gov.uk
Highways Contact Centre 0161 770 4325
Councillor Chris Gloster E:chris.gloster@oldham.gov.uk T: 01706 847709

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