20 July 2012

FOLLOWING extensive discussion, investigation and consultation it has been decided that a major redevelopment of Sunbury Court near London, United Kingdom, will be undertaken. This will secure the provision of a venue for all High Councils – the body that elects the General of The Salvation Army. Subject to the necessary planning permission being granted, work will begin in January 2013. In addition, the International College for Officers (ICO) and Centre for Spiritual Life Development (CSLD) will move permanently to Sunbury Court from the current location at The Cedars in Sydenham Hill during the summer of 2014.

Sunbury Court and the ICO/CSLD are important to the international Salvation Army and have a special place in the hearts and minds of Salvationists around the world. Redevelopment and relocation of these venues will enable:

• the substantial restoration and improvement of the Grade 2 listed mansion at Sunbury
• the construction of sufficient accommodation for all members of future High Councils
• a location with the appropriate space, facilities and ambience for the ICO/CSLD
• the demolition of unused buildings and landscaping to enhance the environment of the whole site.

The project allows International Headquarters to maximise the use of these property assets as good stewards of God-given resources. In so doing, a site of such historical significance to The Salvation Army is protected and made fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Commissioner William Cochrane
International Secretary to the Chief of the Staff