Finishing touches for new community centre
THE final stages of work on a new community centre in Old Town have been reached.
Christ Church began work on the new centre earlier this year and the final touches are being made to the inside as well as the surrounding area.
It is hoped it will be open and ready for use by the middle of November, in time for the Christmas season. Once open it will be available to groups across Swindon to hire for meetings and special occasions.
Stephen Grosvenor, one of the project managers, said: “It’s very exciting to see it all coming together.
“We have had some idea of what it is going to look like through the plans but it’s great to see it take shape.
“There will be a garden there as well so it will make an area which has sometimes been neglected look much nicer.
“The interior of the building is nearly complete, with the underfloor heating now up and running. The rest of the floor is being laid this week, with the builders fitting the plumbing and the final touches being put in by the decorators.”
Two yew trees had to be cut down, with permission from the council, to allow sufficient light to get to the solar panels on the roof. They will be replaced with two new Idberian yews on either side of the pathway.
Work was also needed on the roadways surrounding the church ground to comply with health and safety regulations.
The kerbs have been straightened and tarmac is being laid this week.
“It will be fantastic to have a community centre back in use,” said Stephen.
“We have had access to a community centre for the last 40 years, so the groups which regularly use it are eager to get back in as soon as possible.
“We have been using the facilities at St Mary’s, which has been very helpful, but it will be good to move back into our own.”
An appeal went out in August for volunteers to help run the centre once it opens. Those running the centre say they are pleased with the response so far.
Stephen said: “As well as volunteers from within the church we have had people coming forward from all over the community which is a very positive sign.
“We are holding our Christmas market on November 23, so we have our fingers crossed it will be ready then to show off.”
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