Whittlesey - St Andrews Parish Rooms restoration

The hall of St Andrews has always been relied on by the local community, due to the lack of available venues in Whittlesey.  But with a kitchen not permitted to serve or prepare food, and toilets which were in desperate need of repair, they couldn't attract new users to generate funds to pay for any work.

Following an initial discussion with WREN, they approached Cambridgeshire ACRE to undertake an energy and building audit.  This identified the best approach with  utilising the space within their existing walls, and gave them new ideas on what needed doing.

Overall, their project comprised of:
• Restoration and repair of the outside of the building,  including shortening of their chimneys.
• Provision of new toilets, including all-access. 
• Totally strip out, insulate, dry line and plaster and re-fit kitchen for a wider preparation of food to current health and hygiene requirements.
• Construct improved level access entrance and egress pathway from emergency exit at rear of hall.

This has now given them a fully equipped kitchen, with space for caterers to use for larger events, comfortable clean toilets, and an easier access for all.

Since the completion of the new kitchen and toilet refurbishment, they have also secured a further grant of £3,000 through Cambridgeshire ACRE for the sanding and revarnishing of their hall floor, which looks as good as new!  Local publicity has already attracted new hirers, and also wedding receptions.

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Sep 10, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
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