Frequently Asked Questions  


Vision for the building

 

What is the vision for Vineyard House?

Vineyard House will be a building for local community, where everyone is welcome, where people can come in and pray, where the lonely and vulnerable will feel safe. It will be a resource centre offering services such as debt advice, food bank, and counselling and a place for meetings, groups and events. Vineyard House will be a place for the elderly, for students, for families, and for children and for young people. 


Will Leeds Vineyard move from Headingley Methodist Church?

Leeds Vineyard will continue to meet at Headingley Methodist Church for Sunday weekly worship. The office will move to Vineyard House in the summer of 2019.

 

About the building

 

What is the history of the building?

Vineyard House was originally a Parochial Institute for nearby St Michael's Church. It was built in 1877 and was designed by the architect George Corson, who was also responsible for The Grand Theatre in Leeds, and the Leeds General Infirmary. Click here to find out more about the history of the building.


Is the building listed?

Vineyard House is a Grade 2 listed building. It is an iconic building with lots of original features which we plan to carefully restore. 


What work is needed transform the building?

Whilst the much of the downstairs space is in good condition, the rest of the building is in need of serious repair. Our plan is to comprehensively renovate this famous old Headingley building, and for it to once again be a space that serves the needs of the local community.

 

Building Refurbishment

 

Where is the project up to?

We are currently working with a local architect to create the plans for Vineyard House. We are also working to identify grant funding that is available. For all the latest updates please see the Vineyard House blog.


How much will it cost?

Once we have the outline plans for Vineyard House, we will work with a Quantity Surveyor to calculate the refurbishment costs. We anticipate the cost of the refurbishment of the main building and annex space to be in the region of up to £750,000. We hope to be able to secure grant funding to cover a large proportion of this amount.


How long will it take?

The length of time the refurbishment will take will largely depend on how long it takes to raise the finances for project. Grant funding can take time, so once we’ve secured sufficient funding to get started, we may look to do the refurbishment in stages.


Who will manage the project?

The project is being managed by Sam Lewis and Cath Storey. Sam is managing the project plan, project budget and project risks, whilst Cath is managing the fundraising and communications. Click here to find out more. 

 

Find Out More

 

How can I share my views?
We want to be great neighbours and hear your thoughts on our plans for Vineyard House.  If you could complete our online questionnaire we would really appreciate hearing what you think.

How can I get involved? 

There are various ways you can get involved in Vineyard House: through giving; serving and praying. Click here to find out more. 


How can I get in touch? 

If you have any thoughts or questions, please do get in touch by emailing office@leedsvineyard.org 


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Timeline

Updated in May 2019:
 

May 2017 Heads of Terms are agreed for the purchase of St Michael’s Hall aka Vineyard House
July 2017 The people of Leeds Vineyard give sacrificially
Autumn 2017 We instruct solicitors and apply for the mortgage
June 2018 Contracts exchanged and Phase II of the project begins
December 2018 We complete on the purchase and get the keys
Early 2019 We make safe the downstairs of the building, before establishing a prayer room. At the same time we will work with an architect to develop plans for the redevelopment of the building.
March 2019 LCCT take up rental office space
April 2019 First Spring Clean in Vineyard House
April 2019 onwards "Come and See" - opportunities to visit and look around Vineyard House
Easter 2019 We are aiming to apply for planning consent, at the same time as raising the funds needed for the redevelopment of Vineyard House        
May 2019         The people of Leeds Vineyard give once again - Sowing for a Harvest
June 2019 onwards    We make funding applications for grants and gifts
July 2019 Leeds Vineyard move offices into Vineyard House


N.B. As plans for Phase II progress, further dates and more specific timescales will be added.
 

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