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Woodhead upgrades 39 community centres

Woodhead One upgrades 39 Nottingham city community centres

Woodhead One has been working hard on an extensive programme of works to upgrade and improve 39 community centres across Nottingham city over the last few months.

Working on behalf of Nottingham City Council the Woodhead One team has carried out improvement works at community centres across the city, including Clifton, Hyson Green, Mapperley, Sneinton and The Meadows.

Woodhead One is the specialist repairs and maintenance team of Nottinghamshire family construction company, Robert Woodhead.

The work at Clifton Community Centre has included the conversion of an unused kitchen into bright new meeting room space, which will be available for use by local businesses and community groups.

Window replacement and remedial works are also being undertaken along the rear of the building, currently used by ABC Boxing Gym. The existing wooden framed windows are being replaced with new high energy performing double glazing units which will ensure that the facility is easier and more cost effective to heat.

Clifton Community Centre caretaker, Robert Mosley, said: “The new meeting facility will make a great addition to the community centre; we didn’t use the kitchen any more so it was just a wasted space. It’s not even finished yet and we’re already taking bookings for next month, which will provide us with a small income for the centre.

“Clifton Community Centre is really well used by a wide range of community groups including slimming groups, skittles teams, marital arts groups and the boxing gym. It’s also popular for private bookings for parties, so it’s great that the Council is able to set aside some money to make sure the facilities look the best they can. It means we can continue to support the local community.”

Some centres have required minor maintenance while others have benefited from larger investment such as replacement rooves or new kitchens.

Vicky Richards is Programme Manager at Nottingham City Council and is responsible for the maintenance of the community centres across the city, she said: “We employ our own repairs officer which is quite unusual within a council repairs and maintenance team. This enables us to keep the costs down to enable larger pieces of work such as refurbishments.”

“We’ve worked with the Woodhead One team for a number of years and they really understand the way that we work with our community centres. The centres are all run by volunteers so our contractors need to take that in to consideration when planning in works and access, the Woodhead One team has been very considerate of this.”

Paul Machin, Minor Works Manager for Woodhead One, is responsible for coordinating the community centre programme. He said: “Our priority is always to deliver a high quality project on time, and on budget for our clients.

“Projects like this are also a great way for our team of employees and contractors to engage with local communities and see first-hand the impact that improving these facilities can have.”