Self build church ‘progressing well’

arkOne of the UK’s largest self build projects has completed the first stage of its construction. The Ark, which will be a church and community centre in Isleham, Cambridgeshire, has recently fitted in the final part of its structural timber, the Newmarket Journal reports. It is thought to be the largest new green oak building in the county and cost an estimated £2 million. Developers designed it to complement the existing countryside and inside its 2,200 sq m of space will be an auditorium with room for 600 people. “Although we have used some comparatively modern machinery to cut the timbers, the wooden frame has been assembled using joinery techniques that were developed centuries ago,” carpenter and leader of the construction project Paul Hedger was quoted by the news source as saying. He explained that a crane and woodworkers will now be required to complete the building. Mr Hedger also built his own house around 15 years ago and also leads High Street Church in the town.

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