Extension Progress Update - from October 2020
What a week its been! Building work started on our new Library and Coffee Shop extension this week, with the arrival of diggers and trucks first thing Monday morning. I'm sure you can see from the pictures that they wasted no time getting started.
Work has started internally with the removal of the toilets, making way for a redesign and more modern facilities being installed. The Main Hall storage cupboards are now a corridor which will eventually link the current centre to the new building. The Bar is even getting a little makeover too!
We look forward to sharing the progress with you over the weeks and months ahead.
Keep an eye on our website and Social Media for regular updates.
Week 2 -
The weather hasn't been the kindest to us this week and it's becoming clear that thermals and ear defenders will be part of our winter attire!
Our Male/Female toilets have been completely removed including the dividing wall to make way for the new layout. The access to the new Disabled toilets is being knocked through as we speak and I have included some before and after pictures to show the progress.
We are starting to see the rough outline of the new building from the trenches that have been dug around the front of the building, ready for the steel structure to be installed.
We have also installed a time-lapse camera to capture the progress of the building work which we will share with you throughout the journey.
I have included the extension plans below plus this weeks highlights.
We have some very exciting news to share with you all next week so keep an eye on our Social Media pages.
Week 3 -
Three Weeks have flown by!!
The builders are really making progress transforming the internal layout of the centre...walls are disappearing every time we come in to the centre.
Concrete was delivered last Friday for the footings which provided some entertainment for our littlest onlookers! The protective screen has been assembled in the main hall to offer some protection for when the external wall is removed. The new soak away has also been installed within the perimeter fencing.
The Clerk has already received a lot of interest in the new Coffee Shop and we know that it will be a real asset to the Parish.
Lastly, our BIG news... We are delighted to announce that Wootton Parish Council have been awarded the NCALC Council of the Year award for 2020. We are absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious award especially in such a difficult year. The full commendation is on our Wootton Parish Council Facebook page.
This weeks main focus was ensuring the groundwork was ready for the impending delivery of the steel framework.
The function bar has been extended in preparation for the wonderful celebrations we have booked in for 2021. It's amazing how much bigger the bar now looks!
We now have 3 separate toilet blocks - ladies, gents and disabled - ready for the plasterers to work their magic.
Here are some of the progress pictures from this week
Week 5 -
What a difference a week makes!
Wednesday morning we were greeted by a ginormous crane, a truck full of steel and thankfully beautiful sunshine. We have watched with amazement as the skeleton of the new building has transformed before our eyes. Its great to be able to get a feel for the size of the new building and how it will lock.
Thank you for your patience whilst the carpark has been closed. It will reopen at 7am on Monday 9th November.
First, we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
As with all building work, a lot of the progress is hidden under floors and within walls meaning we missed a few weeks of updates. During this time we have been busy publishing the first addition of our new Wootton Mag which was distributed to over 3000 households within the Parish during early December. We also joined forces with Caroline Chisholm school to spread some festive cheer to our wonderful Wootton Seniors group. Students from the school donated food items which the Parish Council used to create 57 food hampers for Senior group members.
Now onto the build...
I'm sure you will be able to see the amazing progress from the attached pictures. The new hand wash basins and flooring was installed in the toilets just before the Christmas break and the toilet cubical and suits will be installed this week...hopefully!!
Plans are in motion for our new function Bar which will look fabulous for our summer weddings and functions.
Externally, the bricklayers have been hard at work and we are starting to see the shell of the new building.
Week 31 -
A lot has happened since our last update in January including another National lockdown, Local Elections and an unprecedented three-way tie in our Parish Elections. Whilst life for us reverted back to remote working and Zoom meetings, Steele and Bray were hard at work ensuring the build was on schedule. We are delighted to announce that the Community Centre, Library and Coffee Shop will be opening on 21st June and we can't wait to welcome you all back. It's just over 14 months since our last function in the main hall and I'm sure none of us ever expected to still be living with Coronavirus restriction now. In those 14 months we supported the Covid-19 mutual aid team with their fantastic work, we poppied the Parish for Remembrance Day, delivered over 65 hampers and Easter Eggs to our seniors, created and published the Wootton Parish mag which we deliver to over 3000 household, established the amazing Wootton Womble litter picking group, took ownership of land from NBC and set-up the fantastic Saturday market. There is plenty still to look forward to in 2021 with an outdoor cinema night, Firework event and Christmas fair all planned for this year. We remain optimistic that these events will take place so keep an eye on our Facebook page for further details. Just a reminder that our bookings diary is open from the 25th June if you are looking to hire a venue. Here are some recent pictures of the Library and Coffee shop extension.
Wootton Parish Council is very pleased to be able to announce the successful candidate for the proprietor of the Coffee Shop at Wootton Community Centre.
Jodie Turner won a nationwide tender opportunity to lease the new space in the Community Centre and will be opening a fabulous new coffee shop. Jodie is a local lady with lots of experience in the business. She also owns Number 50 Tea Room, an award winning coffee shop in Duston.
We are so pleased to have agreed terms with Jodie and look forward to the new coffee shop opening in July along side the new library.