Future Developments

The Community Centre is a beautiful old building loved by our users, staff and volunteers. However it is over 100 years old, was built without regard for disability access or energy efficiency, and we have many more requests for hire than we can accommodate. When our hirer survey asked ‘what we could do to make the centre better’ the main change mentioned was to ‘create more hire space by renovating the property next door’. This was mentioned by over a third of respondents (39%). Walkley Community Centre owns a derelict stone-built Victorian house which is attached to the centre. It was formerly the caretaker’s house and has been unused for 35 years since we were required by the city council to create a car park with access created by going through the sitting room of the building. In late 2014 the trustees started to re-consider development options for the old caretaker’s house (OCH) and in 2015 we appointed architect Carole Latham from Journeyman Design (?? Still called this??), who are based in Walkley.

Bringing the derelict building back into use and integrating it into the existing space will provide a much-needed expansion of our hire space (including a flexible area crafts/art groups & parties), create disabled access to the first floor, extra toilets, a more accessible entrance to the building, extra storage for hirers and provide additional rental income to secure the future of the centre. It will also have a positive impact on the residents of Fir Street who will have an improved streetscape by developing of an increasingly derelict building.

The Community Centre is a beautiful old building loved by our users, staff and volunteers. However it is over 100 years old, was built without regard for disability access or energy efficiency, and we have many more requests for hire than we can accommodate. When our hirer survey asked ‘what we could do to make the centre better’ the main change mentioned was to ‘create more hire space by renovating the property next door’. This was mentioned by over a third of respondents (39%). Walkley Community Centre owns a derelict stone-built Victorian house which is attached to the centre. It was formerly the caretaker’s house and has been unused for 35 years since we were required by the city council to create a car park with access created by going through the sitting room of the building. In late 2014 the trustees started to re-consider development options for the old caretaker’s house (OCH) and in 2015 we appointed architect Carole Latham from Journeyman Design (?? Still called this??), who are based in Walkley. Bringing the derelict building back into use and integrating it into the existing space will provide a much-needed expansion of our hire space (including a flexible area crafts/art groups & parties), create disabled access to the first floor, extra toilets, a more accessible entrance to the building, extra storage for hirers and provide additional rental income to secure the future of the centre. It will also have a positive impact on the residents of Fir Street who will have an improved streetscape by developing of an increasingly derelict building.