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.
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.
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.
We’re still looking for people to sponsor-a-brick in the community centre and will shortly be launching something special for Christmas! 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com
- 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.