Work is under way to create a new hub at the heart of a Warwickshire village by a leading Midlands developer – thanks to a decade of help from Bromwich Hardy.
Bromwich Hardy founding partner Richard Hardy has been working with the village hall committee to bring the new project to reality.
The new village hall is a five-minute walk from the previous site and will be a modern equivalent to the former building, with a high-quality commercial kitchen, abundance of natural light and office facilities among the improvements.
Burton Green Village Hall is a charity and run by volunteers, including 12 trustees who oversee its management, and welcomes hundreds of users every week.
The existing hall will remain open until the new facility has been completed and will continue to deliver its valued programme of community activities.
The project is funded by HS2 Ltd and work is expected to be completed in November 2022.
Burton Green Village Hall has been designed by David Benn from VB Architects and the trustees have been supported by David Dumbleton MBE, Senior Partner at Rotherham & Co Solicitors.
Cheryl Wall, chair of trustees for Burton Green Village Hall, said: “It’s exciting to finally see work start on our new village hall. We have worked extensively with our partners over the past decade to get to this stage.
“After a lengthy process, we selected the site for the replacement village hall and the associated outdoor space will help us to expand our services, particularly with hosting events such as village fetes.
“We will have expanded parking facilities, including electrical charging points, and the area around the hall will be landscaped.
“Burton Green Village Hall is at the heart of our community. It’s used by the parish council, residents’ association, Women’s Institute and a wide range of other groups, including our wine club, stitch group, toddler group, dance academy and many more.
“It’s a really important place for our village. We hope the new hall will attract residents from all over the village, we have worked hard to make it accessible and attractive to our newer residents too.”
Richard Hardy said he was delighted that work was now under way on site.
“We worked with the village hall committee over a period of ten years to identify this new site, negotiate with HS2 as to the exact specification for the new hall and are pleased to see that progress is now being made to develop what will be an essential part of village life.
“A huge amount of work has gone into getting to this point and we look forward to the village enjoying this new facility for many years to come.”
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “We have a proud history of working on developments which are central to local communities.
“Burton Green is a growing community and this new village hall will be central to community life in the village for many years to come.
“It will be built to be a low-carbon emitting facility which will provide additional biodiversity to the area. As a developer, we are committed to reaching net-zero by 2036 and sustainability is at the heart of all of our developments.”