ARCHITECTURE students have accepted the challenge of designing an extension at a church.
The extension, called the Bridge of Hope project, aims to offer a multi-purpose facility for everyone to use at the City Life Church in Tangier Road, Baffins.
The extension will offer free wi-fi, fairtrade coffee and a family area.
Portsmouth lord mayor Councillor Frank Jonas met the University of Portsmouth students and said he was impressed with the project.
He said: ‘It’s good that the university are co-operating with the pastor in making this a reality.
Plamena Gamzova, from the university’s project office, said the extension would be a great resource for the community.
She said: ‘I think the Bridge of Hope is a brilliant project to look at.
‘The students have been on this course for six weeks and this is a great opportunity for them to get creative.’
The aspiring architects will now draw up designs and plan to present their ideas to church members.
One of the students, Josh Rowland, 20, said: ‘This is going to be seen as a social hub.
‘This will be a place where people of all different beliefs and backgrounds are welcome to join.
‘I have never been religious myself but I would definitely come and check this place out.
‘There is loads going on and it has a really great vibe.’
Once plans have been drawn up there will be a community consultation period and an application for planning permission will be made.
Senior pastor Dan Harman said he was excited about the project. He said: ‘We are looking forward to providing a multi-purpose space for our community to use.
‘This will be a community hub for all, offering a space where people can come as they are, regardless of background, and socialise.’
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