AMBITIOUS plans to revamp a Hampshire church are to be unveiled.

The Holy Saviour church in Bitterne could undergo a major redevelopment if plans are given the go-ahead.

Although the project is still at an early stage and proposals have not been submitted yet, plans will be unveiled to the public during an open day today.

It is part of the consultation process before proposals will be submitted to the diocese and the city council.

Members of the church have been working with architects at the Southampton-based Studio Four to outline the £800,000 project.

The plans aim at creating new meeting rooms and offices at the back of the church and revamping the interior of the existing building.

Church warden Brian Gaffney said: “At the moment the church is quite large but we are not able to make the best use of it. We’ll make rooms at the back for offices and two meeting rooms where we’ll do training.”

Mr Gaffney said that plans also include the extension of an existing church room.

“It’s very important for us to bring a building that is underutilised to use. We want to bring all the activities together in one place”, he said.

When completed, the new rooms could also be rented out to local groups to carry out several activities.

“We want to expand what we do and engage with the community”, Mr Gaffney said.

He also added that if plans will be given the green light, money will have to be raised for the rest of this year in a bid to start the work in 2018.

“We have been promised nearly half of the £800,000 but we also have to apply for grants and do fundraising,” he said.

Now residents have the opportunity to have a look at the plans and have their questions answered.

The open day will be run from 10am to 3pm and a concert will follow at 7pm.