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20th October 2016

{ Girton Residents Get Go-Ahead For New Community Centre }

A Cambridge village is celebrating being granted the final part of the Planning Permission to create a new facility that will benefit all its residents.


Over 30 local people attended a recent meeting to hear the news from Dr Robin Hiley, Chairman of Girton Town Charity which is building and will run the new Community Centre. The estimated cost will be £2.5 million.


For the last ten years, GTC Trustees and its advisors have been working on a scheme to create a Community Centre at Wellbrook Way for the residents of Girton.


The Community Centre will comprise a multi-use Hall, with a 120-person seating capacity, and a floor to accommodate carpet bowls, as well as glass doors to a veranda overlooking the Bowls Green. There will be a glazed fence between the veranda and the Green which will act as a barrier whilst allowing visibility between the two.


Dr Robin Hiley, GTC Chairman said: “We are delighted to have finally reached this stage and excited to tell residents about the new Community Centre. It will be an excellent space for use by a wide range of different community groups which was demonstrated at our meeting. 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.”


Architect Nick Twitchett showed a 3D model of the new Centre so that meeting attendees could ‘walk’ through the different spaces and see how it can be used for a wide range of different uses. He added: “The new facility has a range of sustainable credentials including an energy-efficient Air Source Heat Pump and photovoltaic panels on the roof. A carefully-designed SUDS attenuation system will help manage surface water run-off into the local drainage. Over the next few months we will be going out to Tender for construction and it is hoped that work will start on site in Spring 2017.” 


The Centre will also have a smaller meeting room and a reception office, as well as a fully-fitted kitchen and serving area, toilets and showers and an equipment store. The Hall will be fitted with a sound system, data projector and screen, as well upgradeable hearing loops.


Outside there will be a main car park for users of the Bowls Green and Community Centre, as well as designated disabled parking.

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