Following a number of tenders for the work, we contracted Woodhouse Barry Construction Ltd, a firm near York to manage the new build project. Building work began in earnest in autumn 2018. Foundations were laid, external works and drainage and substructure work were done, steelwork went up, followed by the roof sheeting, cavity walls and so on.
By early 2019, the new hall was watertight, with doors and windows in-situ and progress made with external boarding. The weather over winter (when the bulk of the on-site work took place) was fairly kind, so there wasn’t too much disruption. Flooring was laid, internal works done, and in April 2019 our new building was complete.
We were also very grateful to a local business Howdens, who supplied us free-of-charge with a designed and installed fully-fitted kitchen complete with appliances.
The new hall has a slightly larger footprint than the old hall. We have a large light and airy main hall, a meeting room that doubles up as a community library, good-sized kitchen, storeroom facility, storage space above the meeting/room kitchen, entrance hall, male, female and disabled bathroom facilities and a useful cleaner’s cupboard. We have additional parking, with spaces on two sides of the hall. It is also eco-friendly, with rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing, and solar panels on the roof for energy, heat and light.