Please note that the following plan concept is not complete. Work is currently underway on a phased basis and is entirely dependent on funds and donations. Completed to date are Dundarroch cottage and a new gatehouse/office. The cross has been erected in its central and commanding position.
The centre will be environmentally sustainable wherever possible. This will include its energy use, the materials used for construction and its waste disposal and the use of local materials and labour wherever possible. The centre will seek to achieve high quality in all it does; this applies to the standard of construction, day to day operations and in the way it conducts its services and courses.
The Residential Area
The two residential blocks will house 8 and 12 people in each block respectively. The first residential block is a refurbished Dundarroch and the other will be a new building. Both blocks will comprise a mixture of twin and single rooms with en suite facilities. A shared kitchen and dining area will be provided between the two blocks for guests. Each block will also have a lounge area and be set within a garden with outdoor seating.
Note: Dundarroch is now complete and available for use.
Sannox Church and Manse
Sannox Church stands at the centre of the development and will be refurbished at an early stage. The pews will probably be removed to create a flexible space for SCC and community events and activities. The church will be reinstated as near to the original as possible.
The manse will be refurbished and converted to a house for the centre’s warden, a reception and small shop area and administration facilities.
The Centre Activities Area
The area of land to the north of the church will house seminar rooms, prayer/counselling rooms and a creative arts space. There is also staff accommodation and a room for day visitors where they can relax with a cup of tea and a biscuit and hospitality offered. In the centre of the cloistered garden is a beehive chapel where daily prayers will be conducted. Around the beehive chapel will be a small personal prayer cell and garden, a large table to represent the centrality of hospitality and service to people and the community and a High Cross to represent mission. The garden area is bounded by a glass cloister on three sides. All new buildings are single storey with green walls and roof and dry stone external finishes thereby complimenting and highlighting the white walls of the church, manse and Dundarroch.
The Beehive Chapel
The beehive chapel is the spiritual centre of SCC. It will be constructed with a dry stone outer facing and a white plaster interior. Three narrow stain glass windows of different colours will face south, east and west and flood the walls with a different colour at different times of the day. It will house up to 30 people and will be where the daily prayer times take place.