Jesus Dome replacement building set to start in October

An architect’s impression of the new Durban Christian Centre building.

Durban Christian Centre hopes to start on their new building in October this year. The DCC Jesus Dome, an iconic feature of the Durban skyline, was destroyed by fire on June 7 last year.

Since then church has been holding services in a 2 500-seater tent pitched in the parking grounds opposite the burnt out Jesus Dome.

According to senior Pastor John Torrens plans have been submitted and it is hoped that construction work will be begin before the end of the year. Fortunately the foundations and many of the existing walls have been passed as safe to be used in the new building.

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The estimated cost in the region R70-million and the new auditorium will seat just under 3 000, compared with the previous 5 000 capacity of the Jesus Dome.

The new building will incorporate offices, a TV and audio studio with an impressive food mall to encourage fellowship after the services.

Although it will not have a dome roof like the old building it will incorporate an impressive steel beam structure that will span the roof in the shape of a dome.

It is estimated that the new church building will be ready for occupation by late 2018.

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