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Bishop of Manchester Shows His Support at Old Trafford

09 October 2015

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Rt Rev Dr David Walker pays visit to new St Brides Church site at Shrewsbury Street

The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, paid a visit to St Bride’s Church in Old Trafford today to see progress on a brand new church being built as part of Trafford Housing Trust’s £20m redevelopment of the Shrewsbury Street area.

The church will be a key part of a multi-purpose scheme which includes new extra care residential apartments and community space, cafe, pharmacy, health care facilities, library, contact centre, activity hall, nursery, business units and more.

The new 700 square metre church, which is just 25 metres from St Bride’s current position on Blair Street, will feature a host of modern features and innovations. These include a state-of-the-art audio visual system (which will be networked throughout the church), underfloor heating, solar panels, professional kitchen facilities and a highly flexible worship space.

PM DW inspect new church site.jpgThe Bishop was escorted around the site of the new church, and the wider Shrewsbury Street plot, by Matthew Gardiner, Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust, and the Rev Peter Matthews, the Rector of St Brides.

The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, said: “The churches of Old Trafford have a long and proud history of being at the heart of the local community. I'm delighted that, through cooperation between Trafford Housing Trust, the Diocese of Manchester and St Bride's parish, it is now possible to regenerate this area. Together we can provide much needed new homes and the essential community infrastructure to go with them.”

Matthew Gardiner from the Trust said: “It’s great to be able to invite key partners and dignitaries such as the Bishop to see for themselves what fantastic progress is being made here at Shrewsbury Street.

“Projects like this are also very important milestones in the wider Old Trafford Masterplan we are delivering, and facilities like places of worship in particular need to be managed sensitively and respectfully.

“This is why the Trust has worked very closely with the Diocese, Reverend Matthews and the current St Brides’ congregation to ensure the new church will meet the needs of its parishioners and the wider local community.”

Rev. Peter Matthews said: “It is very exciting to be part of this development and to have had the opportunity to work with others in designing the new church which we will be moving into early next year.

“It offers a bright, spacious and welcoming home for not only those who come to worship but guests and visitors from across the community.” 

The new St Brides church is due for completion in January 2016 and aims to be fully operational by early February. Once all of the church’s pastoral services and provision have been transferred to the new church, the current St Bride’s church will be demolished.

Last week Trafford Housing Trust announced that the main building on Shrewsbury Street, on the same site as the new church, is to be named via a public vote. The three short-listed names put forward, after extensive consultation, are Fabrick, Mosiac or Limelight, and the vote will close at midnight on October 18th.  Old Trafford residents and businesses are eligible to vote via special post cards or online at .



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