A new community centre for Shinfield has just taken a big step forward with planning approval now granted.
Shinfield Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council have been working together on the project which will bring a new community centre to the heart of the village.
The impressive design for the new centre will create a focal point for community activity next to the much loved School Green and will incorporate the redevelopment of the existing parish hall alongside the creation of a new building on the site of the old Royal British Legion building.
The parish council held a design competition earlier this year for the design of the new building to ensure local residents had a community centre that was both innovative and bespoke to their particular needs. AOC Architects won the competition, and have been working closely with the parish and borough councils on the final design.
The new community centre will provide a large space for activities and events, a new café, meeting rooms, library facilities, a bespoke children’s space, and an enclosed garden area. Details of the designs for the new centre can be found on the council’s website by searching for planning application 191387.
“This is fantastic news. We can now get on with building this facility which will be a huge benefit to our community. I look forward to the opening in 2021,” said Andrew Grimes, leader of Shinfield Parish Council.
Mark Redfearn, head of localities added: “It is wonderful to be working so closely with Shinfield Parish Council to deliver this essential infrastructure for the new communities that we are creating. I’m certain this iconic new community centre will be used for a wide variety of activities and events by local residents for a long time to come.”