Works are now under way at the future Carmen’s home and learning centre, at the Old School in Fleet Street. Scaffolding and a temporary roof are now in place to keep everything dry while the roof is stripped, repaired and recovered. As one might expect with a building of this age, there are some local timber repairs and strengthening to carry out before the new Welsh slates, lead gutters and lead flat roof are installed, as befits our Grade 1 listed building. The roofing works should be complete during February, enabling internal repair and refurbishment works to start.
One of the first tasks after that is preparation work for the new lift serving our offices above. That will be closely followed by the installation of our own new mains power and water supplies from Fleet Street, so we will then have sufficient power to progress with the lift installationPLEASE SUPPORT THIS BUILDING WORK BY GIVING TO THE LEGACY APPEAL
The Carmen’s Company is 500 years old and dedicated to transport improvement. Seven hundred members meet in fellowship to serve the City, support the Crown, improve movement and mobility, and help those in need.
Members fund charity to educate, assist, and equip pupils, students, the disabled, carers and transport causes. – and to build a learning centre to enhance and develop the occupation of carmen for public benefit.
The Heritage Trust will restore, equip and operate the Old School – with a meeting and lecture room, museum, learning space and hot desks, helping other guilds, small charities, London schoolchildren, apprentices, college students and young adult learners
The 1834 Sunday School sits between St Dunstan’s and the one-time site of Sweeney Todd’s barbershop. Its arched entrance holds London’s only 16th century statue of Elizabeth I – and the mythical King Lud and his sons.
It needs re-roofing, new services, a platform lift for churchgoers, as well as Carmen, inside lift, kitchens, panelling, flooring, lighting, display space, storage, office facilities, cloakrooms, AV gear and furniture.
The first floor will be multi-purpose: Court Room, gallery, lecture hall, pupils’ workspace, lunch or reception venue – plus a small museum; the second floor will host offices, hot desks, and learning spaces.
The extendable 125 year lease costs £1,160,000. The repairs, restoration, fitting out and furniture will add over £750,000. We’ve raised over £880k, thanks to generous benefactors. Now we need another £1m+.
Every Carman has a virtual Loving Cup – if you don’t know how to celebrate birthdays etc, just fill your Cup and we’ll send a card. £500 is a cupful – your name on the actual Carmen500 Loving Cup, if you wish.
The bigger money buys you part of the Old School: works, equipment, furniture, and your name can be there in perpetuity - from chandeliers to chairs, displays to disabled access, museum to meeting room.
To build the future costs money. To buy and build the Carmen’s future at the Old School will cost £2m – over half that for the 125 year extendable lease, and the rest for restoration, repair, improvement and equipment.
An interest-free loan for half the purchase price from a benefactor has secured the lease. HRH Prince Michael of Kent is leading the Legacy Appeal as our Patron
Carmen have already donated over £250,000 and £50,000 more has been promised. Now another £300,000 is needed for work in 2019.
Donors can choose recognition or anonymity. Those who wish can give their names to specific work or equipment. A donor board will be displayed onsite.
Needs range from archaeology to asbestos removal and displays to disabled access.
You are invited to support the Appeal in cash or in kind, with the benefit of Gift Aid, which increases every eligible gift’s value by 25%, and offset against personal tax.
For those with the appetite to give as generously as possible, the Trust has listed food for thought – a menu of current estimates for some of the works. This is a moveable feast, as issues arise, jobs emerge, and needs are identified.
Courtyard paving & rails
Top flight stairs
Timber survey stages
Court Room ceiling
Court Room panelling
Stair stone repairs
Stair disability lift
Timber survey stages