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The Chamber at St Johns

The Chamber at St John’s project will see this Georgian chapel-of-ease transformed from a redundant building at risk to a vibrant landmark in Lancaster city centre, enhancing the prosperity and well-being of the whole community.

The project has been co-designed through an innovative partnership between Churches Conservation Trust and Lancaster & Morecambe Chamber of Commerce. We are currently working with Mosedale Gillatt Architects to develop a scheme that will repair the historic fabric of the building, transform the interior to create working spaces on the ground floor and gallery, private offices, and a café area, with plans for an extension to the north which will house supporting facilities including further offices, a large meeting room, and WCs and shower. The churchyard will be landscaped and open to the public, offering outdoor seating and a place for reflection. Scroll down to see some of the proposed spaces and facilities.

The repurposed church will be leased to Lancaster and Morecambe Chamber of Commerce and will provide a physical ‘Chamber’ for the organisation to build and grow a networked community of entrepreneurs to help Lancaster prosper. The Chamber at St John’s will be multi-purpose: used predominantly by the business community of Lancaster during office hours, it will be open to the public for concerts, talks, community events and heritage open days in the evenings and at weekends. During the working week, the Chamber aim to build a community of co-workers, with a range of membership offers so that people can use the space for casual hot-desking or more regular co-working, or can rent a dedicated desk or a private office, with membership also offering use of meeting rooms, printers, and other facilities. Membership will also offer new ways for businesses to engage with the Chamber’s activities to Connect, Support, and Represent the business community of Lancaster, Morecambe, and wider District.

As part of our business planning process, we are seeking feedback from both members and non-members of the Chamber on our plans for St John’s; we want to know what you think. Would you use the space? And if so, how? What kind of services and facilities would you want to see and make use of?

Our survey can be accessed here: