Wirral Christian Centre has been active on the Wirral since 1973, running a Christian community centre with child day care facilities from a building that was originally the local children’s hospital.
To accommodate its growing congregation, it recently acquired the formerly derelict Oxton Congregational Church, just across the road from its own headquarters in Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead. The building has been completely restored and can now accommodate a congregation of up to 500 people.
The project, which was completed in just over a year, included a new roof; a complete new vaulted timber ceiling and magnificent new leaded stained glass windows, digitally restored to their former designs.
All of the external and internal stonework has been restored to a high standard, and new features include a balcony accessed by a modern lift, new furniture, equipment and public address system.
DRU gas heaters were selected because of the company’s reputation as a specialist church heating supplier. The Kamara powered flue models, which are used in the main church, have heat outputs of 16 kW, sufficient for the very largest enclosed spaces.
They only need to be turned on about 2 hours before the church is used, as they can warm up the building quickly using forced air convection. Despite their high capacity, they are quiet and safe to operate, with cool-touch casings.
DRU Kamara heaters can be controlled manually or connected to a central time switch. They are also compatible with both natural gas and LPG. Each heater has a 100 mm diameter flue, which is installed into an outside wall. Air is drawn from outside the building for combustion, with waste gases expelled to the outside. The result is efficient and comfortable heating. In addition, the flue terminals are very unobtrusive features on the outside wall.
Further DRU Kamara heaters have been used in the theatre adjoining the main church and the youth club in the basement. In the offices, DRU has specified Style balanced flue gas heaters, which combine efficient, natural convection with a stylish contemporary appearance.
The £50,000 heating project was carried out by HeatinGlobal of Manchester. They are part of the DRU Installer Group, the company’s national network of Gas Safe registered engineers. Commenting on the installation, Senior Minister Rev Paul Epton said:
‘We chose to work with DRU because of their track record with other Elim church projects. We found their approach to be sensible, methodical and competitively priced. In addition, their engineers did a first class job and conducted themselves with discretion and courtesy.’