After submission to Gosport Borough Council the stunning design of the new parish centre, by Richard Bullen of Plum Architects, was granted planning permission in March 2020.
The project team have worked towards this final design with user groups and the architect so that the centre can continue to provide an essential and accessible community hub within Gosport. This approved design is the preferred option which replaces the current centre with a new building that will meet the needs of the community and parish for the foreseeable future.
The design provides rooms of different sizes, with accessibility, catering and flexibility built in, to meet the needs of all those who may want to make use of the centre. The main hall to accommodate 150 will be large enough for badminton, exercise classes, table tennis, functions, and meetings. The small hall will host 40 alongside other smaller rooms available for meetings. All letting rooms will have access to kitchen facilities whilst a lift enables access to the upper level. A 24/7 fully accessible Adult Changing Facility is also provided plus two other disabled toilets in the centre. It also boasts a good car park and a garden with attractively landscaped grounds.
Our Quantity Surveyor has estimated that the cost of a new building, including professional fees, will be over £2 million – but, it may now cost more! We realise that this is a huge undertaking, but we need to plan to provide a building that can meet increasing demands for usage, and will be fit for purpose now, and into the future.
Now we have the final design a detailed Cost Report will be produced by our Quantity Surveyor. This, in turn, will provide the cost information we need to complete applications for Grant Funding. We have a busy time ahead if we are going to realise this vision for our community.
We need all the help we can get to provide a centre that will provide multi-use and accessible space for the full range of user groups in Gosport for many years ahead.