New £1.23million village community hub is ready to open its doors

The new community centre is now complete.
The new community centre is now complete.

A new village community hub has been created under a house building deal.

The Silsoe Community Centre was paid for through a Section 106 planning agreement for 380 new homes, a lower school and outdoor sport facilities.

It is based on the site of the Cranfield University soil and agricultural research establishment, which recently relocated to the university’s campus at Cranfield.

When the university originally decided to develop the village site, they identified various legacy items to be provided for Silsoe.

Of the total 60 acres, around 30 acres were earmarked for community projects in one form or another, including a community woodland, open space and land for a new lower school.

The new £1.23million community centre includes a main hall that is large enough for two badminton courts, equipment storage areas, two meeting rooms, a kitchen, lounge and bar area and a multi-use games space.

It was constructed under a design and build contract by Watson and Cox and GSSArchitecture for Bloor Homes.

Partner at GSSArchitecture William Assheton said: “GSS have designed a number of community facilities in recent years in different parts of the country, which have been new buildings or refurbishments and extensions.

“This project was for a new build community hall on the edge of Silsoe, which we hope will provide a focal point for the benefit of the local community”.