Sands End Arts and Community Centre
Building work starts on the new Sands End Arts and Community Centre
Building work has begun 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, Fulham.
It will provide a new community resource to replace the former centre in Broughton Road, and is scheduled to open next year.
All this is being done at no cost to local taxpayers after H&F Council and local residents worked together to secure funding from Thames Tideway and Chelsea FC.
It forms part of the council's arts strategy (pdf 627KB) which aims to give more residents from a wider range of backgrounds the opportunity to experience and participate in cultural activities.
“This beautiful new centre will enhance people’s wellbeing across Sands End and south Fulham,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.
“It will be set up to ensure that it is truly for people of all backgrounds, and that residents are in the driving seat at the new community space in H&F.”
The council has chosen Neilcott Construction Group to do the construction work. If you live near South Park, you will have received an introductory letter from the contractor.
Run by the community for the community
The new centre will be run by local people for local people, with facilities chosen according to what local people want.
A community trust comprised of local people will be established to run and operate the Sands End Arts and Community Centre.
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.”
The site has been derelict for years and in December 2017, the council approved plans for the lodge to be refurbished and incorporated into a brand new state-of-the-art building which will provide a range of bright, welcoming spaces for residents to use.
The council then had Cuttle Construction erect hoardings around the site and demolish part of the existing building.
Neilcott Construction Group will now do the construction work on the site.
Sands End Arts and Community Centre wins major architecture award
The design for the centre has already won a prize despite not even being built yet.
It was consulted on widely with residents giving their opinions and suggestions in writing and at public consultation events.
The design plan for the Sands End Arts and Community Centre was selected as one of the best in London at the New London Architecture Awards last year.
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