Community Centre unveiled at Village meeting
7 Nov 2016
Thirty villagers attended the meeting held at Girton Glebe Primary School on Wednesday 12th October to hear about the new Community Centre and see for the first time what facilities it will offer
Dr Robin Hiley, Chairman of Girton Town Charity which is building and will run the Centre, told the meeting that this was an end to a long process which started back in 1999.
In September, the final part of the Planning Permission was granted which means that the project can now proceed and it is hoped that work will start on site in Spring 2017. The estimated cost of the Centre will be £2.5 million.
Architect Nick Twitchett, who also worked on the GTC almshouses at Centenary Court, showed residents the different spaces within the Centre, enabling them to ‘walk’ through the building with the help of 3D graphics.
A number of people asked questions about the final layout of the building and the range of uses for which it is suitable. Dr Hiley outlined the extensive research GTC Trustees and their advisors had undertaken to maximise the ways it could be used by community groups within the Village, as well as perhaps being hired out for private functions.
The new Centre will have excellent ‘green’ credentials and be heated with an Air Source Heat Pump, in addition to having photovoltaic solar panels installed on the roof. A carefully-designed Stormcell system will help manage surface water run-off into the local drainage.
The Hall will be fitted with a high-quality sound system, data projector and screen as well as upgradeable hearing loops. Accessibility is also top of the agenda, to ensure everyone can use the facility.
Dr Hiley said: “The Community Centre promises to be an excellent space for a wide range of uses and we are delighted that so many people came along to the meeting for a preview of the facilities. A great deal of research and discussion has gone into ensuring we create a Centre that is at the very heart of our Village and used by the widest range of community groups. We hope to update residents on progress as the project proceeds.”