Myself and several members of the congregation from Colston Milton Parish Church recently went on a trip to see a new church and community centre in the village of Bankfoot in Perthshire. This visit was extremely useful for us to examine how different community and church groups are able to operate within a single building. Much of the amenity that is provided in this building mirrors that which we hope to provide in the new building in Milton.
At Bankfoot there is a cafe with professional catering kitchen, soft play area, function suite, church, youth drop-in, activity hall and several smaller rooms that are let to different community organisations. Whilst all of these facilities are under one roof they are all able to operate interdependently because they have their own entrances which makes maintenance, control and security easy to manage.
The centre at Bankfoot has also been designed in an environmentally friendly way. It uses wind turbines to generate some of it’s electricity and utilises several materials in it’s design that have been fabricated with waste materials. The roof tiles may look like slate but are actually made of rubber tyres, the tiles in the bathroom are made from old yoghurt pots and in other areas crushed CDs have been used to make light filters.
Visiting Bankfoot provided an oppurtunity to witness the success of an ambitious project and demonstrated that many of the challanges that face our project can be overcome. I hope all those who came enjoyed the experience and special thanks must go to the Minister at Bankfoot who showed us around and also to Barry Dickson who kindly drove the mini bus from Milton.