St Mellitus Open Space

Funded on Spacehive 31 July 2015

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St Mellitus Open Space

St Mellitus Open Space

St Mellitus Church By St Mellitus Church

Our TYS project aims to transform the currently inaccessible and under used church garden area so that the community of Hanwell can also use and enjoy this space.

Ealing Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 31 Jul 2015!

The Gardens have had to be locked due to anti-social behaviour which means that the space has been limited to solely church use, which is a loss to the wider community and not in line with the ethos of the church. Historically improvements have been made to this space, but the design now needs to be updated with the aim of eliminating antisocial behaviour and returning the space to community use. We are a small church with a big heart and just don't have the resources to do this ourselves. If this garden could be open with adequate lighting provided and planted up in a very open way it would be a great community space.

It would be good for parents and carers waling across a very busy corner.
It would be a safe place for those using the zebra crossings
It would provide a clearer and safer view for all drivers approaching the corner
It would provide a resting place for older members of the community
It would make the church a much more accessible place for community events

What we'll deliver:

  • Change the planting design - low level shrubs, grass, flowers, higher limbed trees, etc
  • Install low-level, energy efficient lighting to enhance the look of the space and further improve personal security
  • Install power and water services to enable outdoor events
  • Install suitable bike racks, designed seating, waste bins and other appropriate garden furniture
  • redesign and add new notice boards for community use
  • Remove existing garden railings
  • Remove greenery and lay additional paving to meet natural desire lines through the gardens - e.g. to the bus stop
  • Remove greenery beside church near to bus stop to extend paving to garden to make it safer for all
  • Renovate the facade of the church hall and make safe for community events using it
  • More paving on the corner of Church Road & Uxbridge Road for improved site lines
  • Improve the space along the side of the church and hall on Church Road
  • light the front of the church with energy efficient flood lights to make it a really attractive space with character
  • Resurface and redesign parking area behind church

Why it's a great idea:

This relatively low-cost project will build upon some of the existing assets of the garden enabling everyone to enjoy this space in the heart of Hanwell.

The increased visibility by the zebra crossings will improve safety for motorists and pedestrians to compliment the recent road changes made by the council.

The improved garden design will directly alleviate the anti-social behaviour issues that have occurred in recent times by opening the space up to allow natural surveillance

This redesign will help the church to put on events for the benefit of the community

Steps to get it done:

  • Design to be community led, with advice and support from a qualified landscape designer
  • Fence removal, paving works and lighting to be done by contractors
  • Some site clearance and small scale planting could be done by volunteers

We have a vision statement as a church to Reach the Heart of Hanwell. We are already providing a Food Bank, a Winter Night Shelter and lots of community events. We are part of a group of local churches that help run a Debt Counselling Service, a Crisis Pregnancy Centre, a Soup Kitchen for the Homeless and a Language School that is run in Elthorne School two nights each week.

Our desire is to be a resource and help to the community of which we are a part. We all live in the area and are committed to making a contribution to improving things as much as we can. We have invested in this garden before and it is a great sadness to us that it hasn't become what we had hoped, for our community.

This grant would help us enormously as we as a church family seek to serve our community


Location Ealing

About the space

St Mellitus Church gardens


London Borough of Ealing

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How will the money be spent?Total £126,071

refurbish outside of hall - £27,500 (22%)
renew parking area - £14,000 (11%)
contingency - £10,350 (8%)
High level safety lighting in garden - £9,500 (8%)
removal of fence and making good - £8,000 (6%)
uplighting front and side of church - £7,000 (6%)
extend width of pavement along side of church and plant new boarder - £6,200 (5%)
design costs - £5,200 (4%)
Skips and waste disposal - £4,800 (4%)
benches for resting on - £4,800 (4%)
Other - £28,721 (23%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

refurbish outside of hall
renew parking area
High level safety lighting in garden
removal of fence and making good
uplighting front and side of church
extend width of pavement along side of church and plant new boarder
design costs
Skips and waste disposal
benches for resting on
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  • New path through garden
  • create new space for bus stop further from junction
  • install electrical power and water services
  • creating of new grass area and flower beds
  • new outside safety lights for hall
  • new safe ramp and steps to door of church
  • New non slip paving stone around mosaic
  • New notice boards
  • install bicycle lock up space
  • create community notice area
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £126,071

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