The refurbishment presents an opportunity for the building to become an environmentally sustainable building which can increase environmental awareness within the community.

With the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) and other world leading renewable companies based in Blyth, we would want to echo local environmental innovation in our design in a way that is sympathetic to the church. Before starting any physical works, an environmental audit (BREEAM Assessment) will be undertaken on the building to highlight where major improvements need to be made.

We intend to employ numerous smaller changes to improve the buildings environmental efficiency. This will ensure that the project is delivering as far as possible ecologically friendly and sustainable solutions. In developing this project, initial research has been carried out into the expense and possible utility of various environmental initiatives. In addition we are looking at more innovative solutions, such as storing solar energy in thermal mass.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust