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?

Having worked with a local architect to create the plans for Vineyard House, these have now been submitted for planning approval. Cath is working with FutureKraft to create the project case for support and to identify grant funding that is available. For all the latest updates please see the Vineyard House blog.


How much will it cost?

The full cost of the refurbishment of Vineyard House is likely to be somewhere in the region of £2-3m. We plan to do the work in phases, to self manage the build, and look at other ways to reduce costs.


How long will it take?

The length of time the refurbishment largely depends on how long it takes to raise the finances for the project. Grant funding can take time, but it is our hope to have secured sufficient finances to begin phase 1 of the redevelopment in the latter part of 2020.


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 November 2019:
 

May 2017 Heads of Terms are agreed for the purchase of Vineyard House (formerly known as St Michael's Hall) 
Summer 2017 The people of Leeds Vineyard give sacrificially
September 2018 A mortgage is finalised, and contracts for the building are exchanged
December 2018 We complete on the purchase and get the keys
January 2019 Work is completed to make safe the downstairs of the building and a prayer room is established
Early 2019 We begin working with a Stephen Dixon of Calls Architecture to help us come up with outline designs for the refurbishment of Vineyard House
Easter 2019 We submit a pre-planning application and engage the local community with a series of "Come and See" opportunities to visit Vineyard House. The response from the local community was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.
May 2019 The people of Leeds Vineyard give once again - Sowing for a Harvest
Summer 2019    Leeds Vineyard move the church offices into Vineyard House
September 2019 After further refinement and revisions to our plans from the feedback received from the local community and the planning team at leads council, we submit our formal planning application
Autumn 2019 We are successful in our application for an Awards for All grant to carry out a full funding feasibility study and wider community consultation exercise. We begin work with FutureKraft on strengthening the Case for Support.
December 2019 The Business Plan is finalised, and we continue putting together the schedule of works and plans for Phase 1
January 2020 Funding Strategy for Phase 1 finalised and framework for telling story of Vineyard House to funders completed
Early 2020 Videos developed to reflect the future and vision of the building, with additional Community Events organised to communicate vision and further engage the local community


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

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