Sands End Arts and Community Centre
Work to start on the new Sands End Arts and Community Centre
Work will soon start on the new Sands End Arts and Community Centre.
The brand new centre will be built in and around the currently disused Clancarty Lodge in South Park. This month (February) you’ll see our contractor, Cuttle Construction, erect hoardings around the site and start to demolish part of the existing building.
Construction of the new building is expected to start in the spring and the new centre is scheduled to open in 2019, providing a new community resource to replace the former centre in Broughton Road.
All this is being done at no cost to residents. Thames Tideway is providing £2m as part of its community investment and Chelsea FC is providing up to £1.6m as part of its community contribution around its stadium redevelopment.
If you have any questions about the work, please email the council’s project team SandsEndACC@lbhf.gov.uk.
Run by the community for the community
The site has been derelict for years and, last December, the council approved plans for the lodge to be refurbished and extended to provide a range of bright, welcoming spaces for residents to use. The centre will be run by local people for local people, with facilities chosen according to what local people want. The design for the centre was consulkted on widely.
Local resident Tim Prager, who sits on the Residents Delivery Group for the centre, said: “This will be a meeting place, a hub of activity across languages, cultures and economic background, a venue for creative expression, a flexible space which encourages the community to be flexible in its use.
“Perhaps most importantly, it will be what the broader Sands End community want it to be. Today and for decades to come.”
Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “This beautiful new centre will enhance people’s wellbeing across Sands End and South Fulham.
“It will be set up to ensure that it is truly for people of all backgrounds, and that residents are in the driving seat.”
A community trust comprised of local people will be established to run and operate the Sands End Arts and Community Centre.
The design for the centre was consulted on widely. Residents responded in writing and gave their views at public consultation events.
Old South Park cricket pavilion
H&F Council is also working with local residents to transform the old cricket pavilion in South Park into a community cafe. In addition to the cafe space, the pavilion will have two rooms which can be used by the community for meetings or other uses.
From April 2018, the pavilion will open as part of the Sands End Arts and Community Centre.
It will include:
• Bookable space for community uses
• Cafe serving hot and cold drinks and food
• Toilets for public use.
To book the community meeting rooms and find out more please contact: Sands.EndACC@lbhf.gov.uk.