2691 Community Centre at Leighton cum Minshull Vernon
RIBA Sector Culture and Entertainment – Community Centres
Key Services Full Architectural Service / Planning Negotiations
Start Year 2001
End Year 2004
Gross Area 380m2
Contract Sum £434,000-00 (Dec 2001)
Main Client Leighton cum Minshull Vernon Community Hall Trust Ltd.
VWB Architects were appointed in 2001 following an interview and fee proposal to carry out a Full Architectural Service. The client was seeking to create a new community facility on land adjacent to the Church to serve the extensive rural community surrounding St. Peter’s Church. The new facility would be replacing a group of temporary buildings used for small group activities. The client and design team considered the needs of the local community in drawing up a brief of accommodation to provide a flexible range of facilities that would maximise the potential use and enable sustainability of this community building for the future.
The design provided a facility that could be used on a daily basis with smaller groups such as Sunday school, play activity groups, nursery, and community group meetings taking place more frequently than larger occasions such as wedding receptions, parties, diners and performance of theatre, singing and dancing. Three main activity spaces include 1) a Main Hall with large volume space capable of accommodating a variety of activities including say 120 guests seated in banquet style; a seated audience enjoying a lecture, theatre or performance event from a demountable stage area; a dance; or physical activities such as toddler gymnastics, bowls, table tennis, badminton etc. 2) a Meeting Room for small group activities including say community group committee meetings and gatherings or a small children’s party, and 3) a Resource Area intended to hold and display local history and archive material to be available for the local community and others to access and view. Ancillary accommodation includes a large kitchen serving directly into both the Main Hall and Meeting Room, and an Office to manage the day-to-day operations. The layout of the rooms within the building is designed to minimise the impact activity spaces may have on the adjacent properties (Church, Old Vicarage and Vicarage). In particular, storage rooms and toilets have been located on the side of the building facing the Vicarage and Old Vicarage to reduce disturbance from noisy activities. 68 parking spaces are proposed including disabled spaces and 40 overflow spaces.
Achieving planning approval required extensive discussions with the local planning authority.
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