Newcastle Christ Church

Project Summary

Christ Church and the attached church hall is situated on the eastern fringe of Newcastle city centre in the mixed-use urban area of Shieldfield, close to the University of Northumbria, and sits adjacent to Christ Church Church of England primary school. The Grade II* Christ Church was built in 1859-61 by architect A B Higham and is the only landmark heritage building in Shieldfield. It retains most of its significant architectural features from this mid Victorian period.

Christ Church has participated in Inspired Futures to develop opportunities for heritage conservation, improvements to facilities and access, and explore potential for wider community use. The church was selected for specific regeneration support in order to progress their plans to find an extended use for the building, including engagement and consultation with wider stakeholders to explore partnerships, a review of the options and feasibility of extended use and models of operation and governance to support extended use. Overall, as a result of Inspired Futures support, the church group are now in a stronger position to develop their project, via the outputs achieved as outlined below:

  • A clear model for the project development process
  • A Memorandum of Understanding to clarify relationship between project partners
  • A community consultation and report
  • An interior concept design leading to a preferred option for detailed development
  • Church electrical and heating upgrading has made church building safe for current and future use
  • A funding bid to National Churches Trust, and the hall refurbished for community activities and to maintain facilities for the circus project
  • A funding bid to Heritage Lottery Fund, although unsuccessful, has served to sharpen and refine project vision for further work on plans and funding bids
  • Heritage activities have helped to engage new audiences and lay groundwork for a ‘heritage hub’ concept. 

Project documents

See also Christ Church end-of-project conference presentation