The £1 million project has taken nearly two years to bring together and has included consultation with residents. The good news that the scheme is going ahead was shared with members of Hillrise Residents’ Association at its February meeting. The new hall and children’s play area will be built where the existing drying area and play area are located and then the existing hall will be demolished to provide additional parking space.
The new centre will be carbon neutral with solar panels generating enough contributing to the power for the anticipated electricity demand in the building, a ground source heat pump to generate heating for the centre and rainwater capture so the grey water can be used for flushing toilets, watering the landscaping areas etc.
The finished community centre will include a large hall for events and use by local organisations alongside a kitchen, toilets and an office. The building will be fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Leader of Havering Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Damian White, said: “The pre-fabricated design of this centre means we can build quickly with the construction work due to be finished by June this year. It is good to see work getting underway and we are looking forward to this eco-friendly community centre being put to good use by local residents and community groups.”
Scotts of Thrapston perfectly combines traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology. Ultimately our buildings are architecturally designed to make the best use of the space available and to provide optimum energy efficiency. Scotts is experienced in designing and manufacturing buildings that inspire and motivate, whether for education, leisure or sport.
Scotts’ creative timber buildings can be tailored to suit the setting and are designed to meet the end user’s exact specification. As paramount with this project, we can cater for any special needs requirements, accessibility issues or existing structures that need to be taken into consideration.