A Lincolnshire village is looking forward to building a new community centre after East Midlands-based Focus Consultants helped the parish council to secure funding for the scheme.
The Focus team worked with Heydour Parish Council to secure £458,133 funding from the Big Lottery Fund.
The money will allow the village to tear down the existing World War One officers’ mess hut and replace it with a modern and versatile community facility.
The new Heydour village hall will provide a local place for older residents to access cultural, health and social support and clubs whilst providing a base for activities for the whole community, especially children and young people.
Around 350 local people from Heydour, Aisby and Oasby, which are between Sleaford and Grantham, in Lincolnshire, are expected to use the new hall.
“The team at Focus Consultants is delighted to hear that funding has been granted from the National Lottery for this new community facility and that development can now begin,” said Karl Marriott, a partner at Focus.
“The original hut is believed to have been liberated from Belton Park Machine Gun Corp and relocated to Aisby in Heydour parish in 1922. Our consultants and surveyors worked with Heydour Parish Council to secure the funding which will now allow the village to realise its dream of a new and replacement community facility which can serve its needs in the 21st Century.”
The new hall will be built on the site of the original building and will include a large and flexible multi-use hall, a meeting room, storage facilities, kitchen, bar/server area and changing areas for events and outdoor sports.
WiFi and internet access will also be provided for residents, business users and local groups … opening up online facilities to the whole community.
Focus Consultants’ senior consultant Heather Frecklington, senior building surveyor James Baker, senior quantity surveyor Sean Smith and assistant quantity surveyor Will Morris provided funding and construction services and were instrumental in achieving funding success.
Norman Hatcliff, chair of Heydour Parish Hall Management Committee, said: “The new hall for Heydour will be a wonderful legacy for our community, our community’s children and the generations that follow.”
The total cost of the scheme is almost £750,000.
Focus Consultants, based at Phoenix Business Park, Nottingham, and with offices at Endeavour Park, Boston, Princess Road East, Leicester, Aubourn, Lincoln, and Holborn, London, specialises in creative approaches to securing funding packages and delivering high quality projects across the UK.
Since its creation in 1994, Focus has secured over £800 million of grant assistance, and delivered more than £1 billion of projects and programmes – including enterprise support, innovation, culture, health, regeneration, affordable homes and energy carbon sustainability projects.
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