Starting a project like this involves lots of prior knowledge and understanding of the site and history of the building. The first stage therefore has involved meeting with the Rector of St Paul’s, Fr. Paul Butler, who is the lead manager of the overall project.
As well as finding out about the local community groups, history of the church, previous redevelopment and even going for a ramble around Deptford to see the diverse nature of the neighbourhood, we started to brainstorm ideas on how the church might be developed for better use in the future.
As a result of these discussions we have agreed that I will begin by carrying out benchmarking of other similar church projects, in order to gather as much information as possible on what has worked or not worked and to build a strong redevelopment model that we can take forward.