The newly built extension at Singleton Environment Centre is now open to offer new space and activities that complement the excellent facilities that have been available in the area for years.
The clever, multi-purpose design, created from shipping containers and wooden clad, provides a flexible space for the community to enjoy, from a family party to a creative workshop, business meeting or an after-school activity.
The project managed by Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council and Singleton Spaces, was funded by £133,200 of S106 development funding, funding from Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council, and fundraising by Singleton Spaces.
To celebrate the opening of the new extension the Centre held an Open Day for the local community with a ribbon cutting by Cllr Heather Hayward. (see above)
Cllr Mathew Forest, Ashford Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said, “This innovative extension is a fantastic addition to the existing facilities and continues the theme of bringing community and nature together in harmony. The additional space will ensure more people can benefit from the community facilities and activitities on offer, in turn providing a boost to health and wellbeing, as well as raising environmental awareness.”
In the difficult year of 2020-2021 contractors worked to create the new community rooms at Singleton Environment Centre. First the groundwork, then dropping in the secondhand containers. Fitting out completes the superb additional rooms.
Downstairs are the Brisley Room and the Woodland Room. Upstairs the Lake Room, the observation balcony and an office for the Centre Manager.