New Community Centre for Girton
7 Oct 2016
For the last ten years, Girton Town Charity Trustees and their advisors have been working on a scheme to create a Community Centre at Wellbrook way for the residents of Girton.
The final part of the Planning Permission was granted in September and it is hoped that work will be starting on site in Spring 2017.
The Community Centre will overlook the Bowls Green and provide a modern, multi-use hall available to a range of community groups, as well as for hire for private functions.
So what will it contain? The Main Hall with a capacity of 80, will have a floor to accommodate carpet bowls, as well as glass doors to a veranda overlooking the Bowls Green. There will be a plate glass fence about 1.5 metres high between the veranda and the Green which will act as a barrier whilst allowing visibility between the two.
The Hall will be fitted with a sound system, data projector and screen, as well upgradeable hearing loops in the Hall,
There will also be two smaller meeting rooms, an office and reception, as well as a fully-fitted kitchen and serving area, toilets and showers, and an equipment store for the Hall. A Manager will be employed to make sure the facility is as widely used as possible.
Outside there’s a main car park for users of the Bowls Green and Community Centre with a barrier which will be open only at particular times to ensure that it is always available when users need it. There will also be a separate delivery area and designated disabled parking.
Nick Twitchett, who also worked on our almshouses at Centenary Court, is the Architect for the project. He says: “Over the next few months we will be going out Tender for construction. Obtaining Planning Permission is a positive end to a long process which started back in 1999. After consultation with the Village some years ago, it was agreed that the community land would have a Bowls Green. This was completed in 2015 and the newly established Girton Bowls Club, with a membership of 20, will be able to use the facilities of the Centre during its matches.”
Dr Robin Hiley, GTC Chairman added: “We are delighted to have finally reached this stage and excited to tell residents about the new Community Centre. It promises to be an excellent space for a wide range of uses and, with the closure of the old WI Hall, we hope it will become a focal point for the Village.. The residents of Girton owe a great deal of thanks to all those who have worked hard to deliver this valuable new facility, particularly Nick and my fellow Trustees.”