December 2023 – WiNSpace Team launches ‘go winspace 24’ campaign
With the successful grant application from the Community Ownership Fund the WiNSpace team has launched Go WiNSpace 24. This campaign is aimed at engaging with our community, as we lead up to the start of the build during the summer. A key part of this work will be closing our funding gap and we will also be bringing you updates as the detailed design progresses.
December 2023 – WiNSpace receives £300,000 grant from the UK Government Community Ownership Fund
We want to share the great news with you that we have been granted £300,000 from the Government as part of their Community Ownership Fund. They were impressed with our ambition to upgrade the community centre and are supportive of our plans for the new building. We worked hard on the grant bid and it was a lot of work. However, we couldn’t have done it without the support of the Parish Council and our local MP John Penrose. We still have a few legal hoops to go through, but we are now one step closer to bringing our new building to life.
November 2023 – WiNSpace moves to stage 3 of 4 in Community Ownership Fund bid
We’ve been informed by the Community Ownership Fund that our application for £300,000 Grant funding has been taken to the third phase (of 4) of the application process. This another major step forward for the WiNSpace project which combined with the National Lottery bid mean we really press the ‘Go’ button in 2024. It is expected that the Government Minister will be making a final selection of the successful bids by the end of the year.
November 2023 – WiNSpace moves to stage 2 of 2 in National Lottery bid
We’ve been informed by the National Lottery that our application for £200,000 Grant funding has been taken to the second and final phase of the application process. This is a major step forward for the WiNSpace project. The team now have to put together additional information on the project giving more details on how a new centre will benefit the community. This needs to be submitted by the 31st Dec.
November 2023 – Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council Survey Opens
The Winscombe Community Association are making good progress with the redevelopment plans and are now asking you to take part in the Parish Council survey which is very important to us in our, now tangible, goal of beginning to build in 2024.
The Parish Council’s survey will inform decisions they will take in early 2024 on backing funding towards the project. They need reaffirmed community support from the survey to finally secure this funding. Please complete the survey now to support this important project for your community.
July 2023: WCA Trustees announce major push to deliver WiNSpace Project in 2024
The Trustees agreed in July 2023 that we must deliver the new facilities as soon as possible and are now preparing to start building in the summer of 2024. This will be via a more cost-effective approach staying within our means, using a smaller building footprint but delivering our promise to you.
September 2023: Major grant applications submitted
During August and September a major effort was made to submit grant applications and to revise out business plan, these included applications to the National Lottery and the Government backed Community Ownership Fund
October 2023: WCA Trustees approve Quantity Surveyor / Project Management
Agreement to appointment Hookway’s as our Quantity Surveyors and go ahead given to start the detail & technical design of new building.
October 2023: WiNSpace Business Plan goes to Issue 5
An updated business plan has been issues which reflects the phase approach of the redevelopment of the centre. This can be found using the menus
Our Phased Approach
Phase One:– Replace the Youth Club and Art Shed with our originally proposed two storey building but utilising the 1st floor space, providing:
- An Event function space on the 1st Floor with stairs and lift access. (roughly twice the size of current main hall)
- An Activity Space on the ground floor (slightly smaller than current main hall)
- A Dividable Meeting Space (half the size of current main hall)
- Office space(s) on the 1st Floor
- A fully equipped catering kitchen
- A large foyer and patio area
- Retention of the field with biodiversity enhancements
Phase Two:– Refurbish the old school with a focus on Youth and Arts and removing the Annexe
Future:– When the Parish requires it and has the finances, build the large hall along with the addition carparking
|Quarter 3 2023
|Revise building design, Apply for national and local grants, Request donations, Communicate plan to Parish
|Quarter 4 2023
|Sell Assets, Start Tender Process, Parish Council Loan & Grants, Detail Design
|Quarter 1 2024
|Finalise Design, Select Construction Company, Obtain Building Approval, More grants applications, Plan construction phase1
|Quarter 2 2024
|Sign build contacts, Start moving out, Site prep, Obtain final financial support
|Quarter 3 2024
|Remove Youth Club & Art Shed, Finalise building plans & H&S, Start building, Start Grant application for old school refurbish
Quarter 2 2025
|Continue Build process with a planned move in date of Early Summer 2025. Once compete, refurbishment of Old School will start.