Church bosses want to banish the darkness in a former Lincoln nightclub and convert it to a community hub with cafe, youth club, worship area and a stage.
The Diocese of Lincoln has asked City of Lincoln Council for permission to change the use of the building on Free School Lane and outlined a series of works to bring it into the light.
The former Co-op Hall has been vacant for 10 years and was last used for Laser Quest.
The Diocese would like to create a social entrepreneur/charity hub, along with office and meeting spaces for 30-40 people for St Swithin’s Church, as well as “other organisations sharing the values and mission of the church”.
There will also be a store for clothes donated to St Swithin’s clothing bank. The worship area, it says, will accommodate 400-500 people.
“It is intended that the internal spaces in the building should retain a degree of flexibility to allow for change over time depending on the particularly activities of the church, which is a dynamic organisation,” say documents submitted to the council.
Changes will include the removal of several window covers, creating new windows and removing a new extension on the north west part of the building.
The documents say: “The building has been vacant for many years and this, coupled with the nature of the previous use, means that it is a dark space which has suffered from a lack of investment.
“One of the fundamental aims of the design approach has been to find ways to bring light into the building.”
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