Gateshead St Chad

Project Summary

St Chad’s Church is a Grade II* listed church in Bensham, Gateshead. It is a striking building with a distinctive clock tower and eye-catching stone carvings particularly around the North Door. The church was built as the ‘Cathedral for the Working People’ to a very high specification in 1903.  Its style is Victorian Gothic with Arts & Crafts tendencies.

A Project Group has been exploring extended use options for the church. The Group wish to put St Chads firmly at the heart of the community by expanding the support services the church currently provides and creating a place of heritage interest and hospitality for the local community.

The church was selected for regeneration support in order to progress their plans to find an extended use through addressing fabric issues and repairs management, engagement and consultation with wider stakeholders on potential social outcomes, a review of the options and feasibility of extended use and the trail and testing of events and acitivity in the church to engage with a wider audience.

Overall, as a result of the Inspired Futures project regeneration support, the church group are now in a stronger position to develop their project, via the outputs achieved as outlined below:

  • A review of urgent works that need to be carried out.
  • An options appraisal with recommendations on what would be feasible for the church to pursue
  • Evidence to demonstrate there has been a process to inform the project, including predicted operational costs involved post project.
  • A draft Activity plan which can be used and adapted when approaching funders
  • A fundraising strategy, case for support templates and a tool for the group to build their fundraising efforts
  • Completion of architect designs and faculty for phase 1 delivery

Project documents

See also the St Chad’s Bensham end-of-project conference presentation.