All Saints church, Hoseside road, Wallasey
A CHURCH designed by the same architect who created Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral has been saved from being turned into flats or offices after it was bought by a Wirral-based Evangelical group.
All Saints CofE Church in Wallasey closed last year after a failed sharing arrangement with the nearby Catholic diocese.
Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the church on Hose Side Road was put on the market at a guide price of £250,000 and was advertised as having potential for redevelopment.
But it has now been bought by the Jubilee Church Wirral, subject to final legal checks. The religious group hopes to be moving in there by the summer.
Jubilee Church leader Dave Frodsham said they had been looking for new premises for some time after it become clear they needed a larger space for worship and to allow other outreach activities.
Mr Frodsham, 42, had been an accountant for Marconi before taking redundancy to lead the church full time and has seen its membership grow to over a 100.
He said they had been to visit the church and “really liked it”. He said: “We wanted something that is usable for our style of worship but also available for the community to use. We consider the church is the people not the building, and did not want to lose that by taking on something which takes a lot of work.