The building had been empty for over seven years and was facing an uncertain future.
Giroscope considered that the building was an important community asset and needed saving. It was connected to the community in many ways and local residents had fond memories of weddings, christenings, and other ceremonies and events at the building. The former church is also home to significant war memorials acknowledging the considerable losses that the community suffered in the Great War.
Giroscope has already reinstated the War Memorial window into the western elevation of the building, one of its key heritage assets, along with the broached tower. Our plan is to renovate the building, working alongside Hull City Council’s conservation team. As well as returning the old church to its former glory, Giroscope plan to install work and office spaces into a mezzanine floor constructed into each aisle.
As well as these physical developments and works, Giroscope will work with new and existing enterprises in the community to create employment and opportunity in our neighbourhood. Many of these start-ups, community businesses, social enterprises and sole traders will take up space in the former church.
We would encourage people to come and visit the building, both now and during the planned works to witness this exciting project unfold. We are always happy to show people around.
This project, the St. Matthew’s Enterprise Project, is part of the Community Led Local Development Fund. CLLD activity is funded through European Structural and Investment Funds.