All the ends of the roof trusses over the nave and aisles had decayed – often to 100% loss of support. These were replaced with steel brackets rather than temporary supports, but could be altered in any future scheme. The roof was made watertight, generous roof drainage provided and glass removed to enhance ventilation. The building is now drying out.
The vision for the future of this unique resource is for a new shared and versatile public space offering cultural, educational, sports and leisure facilities in an area that will particularly benefit from social investment, and where the reinvigoration of this iconic monument will be a metaphor for the reinvigoration of the whole community.
Phase 1 of the renewal works are now in hand.