CAWSTON’S long-awaited Community Centre has begun construction.
Parish councillors and residents were delighted when workers from Greswolde Construction arrived in the village to put up fencing and strip off topsoil – the first steps in creating an £800,000 hall which will enhance community facilities for local groups.
Parish councillor Matt Emery, a civil engineer and local resident who joined the council two years ago to help make the centre a reality, said: “The long wait is finally over.
“The land was set aside as part of section 106 agreement for the new Cawston Grange estate and we got planning permission in July 2013, but it took a long time to secure the funds.
“We will all be watching progress with much interest and look forward to celebrating its completion with a big summer barbecue.”
The new building, designed by Rugby-based HB Architects, will house three function rooms, a kitchen, an office and storage facilities.
In addition to underfloor heating, high levels of insulation and LED lighting throughout, the hall will feature large glazing to make the most of natural light.
Adam Greatrex of HB Architects said: “It has been a labour of love for the council to provide a long-awaited facility and it’s good to see work starting.”
Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest added: “It’s always satisfying to be working on a project that will make such a difference to the community.”