August 2019

The first phase of construction was due to complete by the 31st July, however due to a number of delays this has had to be put back. Once completed, work will resume on the kitchen, followed by the landscaping and installation of the cycle shelter.

Our next meeting is Monday 5th August, 20:30-21:30 at Sutalia coffee shop on Park Road – pop along and meet the team to find out more about the project.

July 2019

When the community centre project was first established and the charity formed in 2014, it was decided to name it after Grange Park on which the site was allocated as part of a section 106 agreement. Since then the vision has developed and we wanted to find a centre name that would be more reflective of the whole community which it will serve. We have chosen to name it ‘The Arc Community Hub’ to reflect the spark that this will generate between those in the community, and the fact it will act as a hub for activities and projects for the future. The Grange Park Centre charity will still continue and will be responsible for running the centre.

During the construction phase we have been approached by nearly 50 local groups wanting to book the centre for community activities and events. Two of these offer activities which we didn’t envisage from the outset, but we would be excited to see running from the centre. The groups will help to serve the needs in the local community, however they require the centre to open 30 minutes earlier in the morning in order to set up and operate effectively.

We have therefore applied to the Planning Department to request permission to open the Community Centre at the earlier time of 7:30am Monday to Saturdays and from 8am on Sundays and Bank Holidays. We will keep you updated on this.

We have launched a campaign to help find additional trustees to join the committee. If you, or someone you know, is passionate about this community, you can find out more about becoming a Trustee here.

June 2019

We have decided that the sponsor a brick will close at the end of the month, when we will start to design the artwork. This has helped raise valuable funds for the project. The team will now focus on other tasks required to get the finished building up and running, then the projects running within the centre.

At the start of June, Stef Reid and a member of the GPC working group held an assembly at Outwoods Edge Primary school. Stef spoke about her journey in becoming a professional athlete, and how achieving in life is linked to community. This led to us talking about the community centre and how we want it to be a safe place for future generations to use, exercise, learn new skills and have fun.

We have launched a campaign to help find additional trustees to join the committee. If you, or someone you know, is passionate about this community, you can find out more about becoming a Trustee here.

For latest information about the centre construction, please see our construction update pagewhere you will be able to follow developments as construction progresses.

May 2019

The working group has continued to seek out additional connections with local businesses for various elements including the fit out, decorating and landscaping of the community centre. We are very grateful for every business who has taken the time to provide us with support and information.

In addition we have been speaking with the three local schools about the possibility of our ambassador Stef Reid speaking at assembly to update the children about the project. Stef Reid is a professional athlete with a passion for building community. At the end of May Stef visited the site to record an update video which will be used in some of the local school assemblies.

We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully been awarded £2000 from Bags of Hope fund operated by Tesco! More details of how this money will be spent to follow.

April 2019

Construction has continued onsite, with the completion of the walls and work starting on the roof structure.

The Bags of Hope fund operated by Tesco, closed at the end of April and we are awaiting to hear the outcome of the community voting.

March 2019

We’re delighted to announce that our grant application to the Henry Smith Foundation has been successful. In addition our application to the East Midlands Airport Community Fund was also successful, which will assist with the purchase of chairs for the main hall.

We continue to work with local businesses, our incredibly generous residents and supporters and a number of trusts and grants to raise the final funds needed for us to complete other aspects of the project, including fixtures & fittings.  We are also starting to raise funds to provide services and activities at the centre for local people.

February 2019

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, leader of the Council and Cllr Deborah Taylor, the Council’s lead member for communities, presenting the Charnwood Borough Council community facilities grant giant cheque. You can read the full article on their website.

Construction is continuing onsite.

We have continued to apply for a number of funding applications for various elements of the project which were valued engineered out of the final construction contract.

January 2019

The team managed to take a well-deserved break over the Christmas period until the 7th January. Activity has now resumed in earnest on the many different aspects of the project. The final pieces of the incredibly complex pre-construction phase have finally fitted into place.

The legal aspects of the lease, charge on the land and the last pieces of paperwork have now been resolved.  The construction contract has been signed and construction began at the end of w/c 21/1/19.

We were thrilled that local Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, was able to fit in a flying visit for the sod-cutting ceremony  before construction started.

For latest information, please see our new construction update pagewhere you will be able to follow developments on site as construction progresses.

On the 4th January BBC East Midlands Today broadcast a news story about the project. We hope to obtain a link to it which we will place on our website for those who missed it. This was followed by an article in the Leicester Mercury newspaper on Wednesday 9th January.

We’re still looking for people to sponsor-a-brick in the community centre! You can do this direct to us via bank transfer or through Just Giving. Click on the link which takes you to both options. As we begin to see the building going up, we will need your help in publicising the centre, getting it ready to open and running it successfully. If you would like to be involved in any of the jobs that will need doing, from gardening and painting to volunteering at coffee mornings or opening and locking up the building, please do get in touch.

December 2018

The team is finishing off a small number of final elements of the pre-construction phase for the construction contract, which we hope to conclude before Christmas.

The legal aspects of the lease for the land has been a long and involved process over the past seven months. The changes requested by the Big Lottery have now been agreed and have been passed back to landlord’s legal team. We are currently waiting for a couple of covenant certificates to be provided, and hope to be signing very shortly.

The variation for planning application regarding the planned opening hours for the community centre was approved by Charnwood Borough Council planning department during November. For more information visit our FAQ page. Please note that the actual days and times the centre will be open will depend on bookings. The time taken to set up and pack away for sessions will be included in this time-frame.

Fund raising – as we mentioned in the November update, we’ve received some exciting news. We’re now able to share that the project has been awarded £18,000 funding from Loughborough University’s Community Donations fund. This is really exciting as it will enable the construction of the community centre to commence. We continue to work with local businesses, our incredibly generous residents and supporters and a number of trusts and grants to raise the final funds needed for us to complete other aspects of the project, including the landscaping, fixtures & fittings.  In addition, we are now starting to raise funds for providing services and activities at the centre for local people: which is the whole point of getting the building.

We’re still looking for people to sponsor-a-brick in the community centre and will shortly be launching our Christmas brick sponsorship! As we begin to see the building going up, we will need your help in publicising the centre, getting it ready to open and running it successfully. If you would like to be involved in any of the jobs that will need doing, from gardening and painting to volunteering at coffee mornings or opening and locking up the building, please do get in touch.

November 2018

November has been a very exciting month with a number of things coming together…. We will shortly have some exciting news…

The team is still working on a number of fronts to help us through the final elements of the pre-construction phase. This is where lots of different aspects that have been worked on individually for many months all come together. Our design team have been working with the Charnwood Borough Council planning department, which resulted in the discharging the pre-commencement planning conditions on the 15th.

The legal aspects of the lease for the land has been a long and involved process over the past six months. The Big Lottery requested a number of small changes which are currently being ironed out with the legal teams. We hope to be signing very, very shortly. In addition the Big Lottery requires a charge on the land, which is nearly complete.

Fund raising – we’ve been awarded funding from one significant grant application – more information to follow shortly… We continue to work with local businesses, our incredibly generous residents and supporters and a number of trusts and grants to raise the final funds needed for us to complete the build.  We are now starting to raise funds for providing services and activities at the centre for local people: which is the whole point of getting the building.

October 2018

October has been another busy month for the project. The team has continued working on a number of fronts to help us through the final elements of the pre-construction phase.

  • Finalising the legal aspects of the lease for the land – this has taken longer than any of us anticipated! However we believe this to be in position ready for signing, subject to final comment from the Big Lottery.
  • Continuing the value engineering process (where we work to reduce the cost of the build) has been a very long and involved process, requiring involvement from structural engineers on two important elements of the construction. However we have now received confirmation that the savings are achievable from a technical perspective and these have been costed.
  • Fund raising – we’ve been awarded funding from a number of grant applications. These often take a long time to complete, and often take months before receiving a response. We continue to work with local businesses, our incredibly generous residents and supporters and a number of trusts and grants to raise the final funds needed for us to complete the build.

There are a number of important project elements which are coming together during the course of October which we will update via the website as they are confirmed. As long as all the elements come together, we are looking to start building during November, and we will confirm once we are able.

We’re still looking for people to sponsor-a-brick in the community centre. Over 80 people have contributed so far, but a number of people have commented that they want to support us and have not yet signed up – so do please sponsor as many bricks as you are able! Also as we begin to see the building going up, we will need your help in publicising the centre, getting it ready to open and running it successfully. If you would like to be involved in any of the jobs that will need doing, from gardening and painting to volunteering at coffee mornings or opening and locking up the building, please do get in touch.

September 2018

Celebrity Masterchef series 13 was launched August 23rd, and Stef Reid made her appearance in the heats on Thursday 6th September at 8pm on BBC1.  Stef is the reigning Long Jump World Champion for female amputees, and also works as a broadcaster and keynote speaker.  She is a triple Paralympic medalist and recently made her acting debut in “The Energy Within“.

Grange Park Centre (GPC) charity is thrilled to announce that Stef has agreed to come on board as the ambassador of the new community centre that it is building in Loughborough South.

We submitted a variation of planning application at the start of September, to address an anomaly of the wording in the granted planning permission document which relates to the opening hours of the centre. You can read more on our FAQ page under the question ‘Why has a variation for planning application been submitted re the planned opening hours for the community centre?’.

In addition we’ve been:

  • Finalising the legal aspects of the land which we believe is now close to completion
  • Continuing the value engineering process to finalise the building specification and budget
  • Accepted as a good cause as part of the Charnwood Community Lottery
  • Submitted additional funding applications

August 2018

Despite being the summer holidays, the project team have been busy continuing to focus on submitting more grant applications, contacting local businesses to secure funding or services for the remaining funding and construction elements. We’ve been awarded a number of significant grants by Foundations. trusts, organsiations and businesses.

In addition we’re:

  • Finalising the legal aspects of the land
  • Continuing the value engineering process with 2 potential contractors to finalise the building specification and budget
  • Attended the Charnwood Borough Council friendly Dragon’s Den event, pitching the project to 11 potential funders
  • Submitted out first HMRC gift aid claim
  • Attended a local business networking event to talk about the project

July 2018

The project team continues to focus on grant applications, contacting local businesses and the local community to secure the remaining funding needed for the centre, including the fixtures and fittings and part-time centre manager for the first year. We’re also in the process of contacting specific businesses to get involved with practical aspects of the building.

In addition we’re:

  • Reviewing the construction tender return and having meetings with the construction companies who responded
  • Carrying out value engineering on construction elements and refining the building, draining, mechanical and electrical specifications
  • Updating the website, adding a new page and contact page for business sponsorship
  • Create a new Just Giving page
  • Successfully applied for gift aid reclaiming from the HMRC

June 2018

The project team continue to focus on submitting grant applications and contacting local businesses and the local community to secure the remaining funding needed for the centre, including the fixtures and fittings and part-time centre manager for the first year.

In addition we’ve:

  • Completed a ground investigation survey on the site. This will provide detailed information on the soil conditions which will be required to assist with design of the building foundations.
  • Run a stall at the Outwoods Edge Primary School summer event and ‘thing’ to meet with local residents.

May 2018

The project team are currently focusing on submitting grant applications to secure the remaining funding needed for the centre, including the fixtures and fittings and part-time centre manager for the first year.

In addition we’ve:

  • Officially engaged the legal services of a local Solicitor to arrange the lease for the land from the present owner
  • Redesigned the building drainage system including use of the drainage into the nearby balancing pond
  • Begun the final stage of the tendering process to select a main building contractor
  • Launched our sponsor-a-brick appeal

March 2018

We are thrilled to report that the Big Lottery has awarded us £500,000 from the Reaching Communities buildings Fund.

This will provide the foundation for a fantastic community-focused space in the heart of Loughborough South and provide opportunities to impact present and future generations.

February 2018

We are thrilled to report that the Charnwood Borough Council unanimously approved the Grange Park Centre planning application at the public meeting on 8 February 2018.

Details of the discussion and planning conditions will be available on the Plans Committee website, including the full application, conditional grant.

We are also delighted to announce that the project has been awarded a £10,000 ‘Awards for All’ grant to help equip the team with the skills needed to run the community centre project. This is a grant funded by the Big Lottery.

13 December 2017

Thank you to everyone who has made contact with the Grange Park Centre group in the run-up to the meeting on 13 December 2017. We had already considered and begun to plan for many of the concerns that have been raised, but it is useful to understand which are the highest priorities for residents, and to ensure we have covered all aspects.

The complete set of questions and answers can be viewed here.

1 December 2017

On Thursday 23rd November 2017 Grange Park Centre trustees met with a group of concerned residents, representatives from Charnwood Borough Council and a representative from the Big Lottery. The meeting was facilitated by local MP Nicky Morgan.

It was really nice to sit around the table together and discuss the Grange Park Centre project and the opportunity that it represents for the community. The shaping of the project is a long-term commitment between the Grange Park Centre team and local residents – a process that will continue when the proposed centre is up and running.

As a result of feedback that we have received from residents, we have put together a Project Overview document. We hope that this gives you more of a flavour of the project. Please get in touch via our contact page or join us at the next meeting on the 13th December 2017 at 8:15pm.

17 November 2017

Update on the progress of the Community Centre project and how you can continue to shape it.

Steps we have taken since the October meeting:

  • revised the location of the building on the site allocated by William Davis and Charnwood Borough Council, in response to concerns raised by residents at the October Grange Park Centre meeting. The planning application for the community centre was submitted to the planning department this week – see building plan below
  • published a summary of the consultation steps we have carried out, and provided additional Frequently Asked Questions addressing concerns raised at the October meeting  http://www.grangeparkcentre.org.uk
  • agreed to meet with a group of residents, Charnwood Borough Council, and Big Lottery to discuss the concerns next week. We hope this will be a positive exchange of ideas to shape the community centre

This is your opportunity to contribute and get involved as we continue to consider how the centre will operate. The centre will be a resource for the whole community to enjoy, so it’s important for us to work on the final stages together.

We look forward to continuing conversations with you, we can be contacted in the following ways:

  • Via the contact form on our Contact page here.
  • Email us at: help@grangeparkcentre.org.uk
  • Monthly public meetings held at Outwoods Edge Primary School. See upcoming events on the right of the page for further details.
  • Write to us at: Grange Park Centre, PO Box 10543, LOUGHBOROUGH, LE11 9JG

The information above, and the site layout, has been hand-delivered to all houses bordering the proposed site, and will also be emailed to those on the Grange Park Centre email database.