On Friday (1 June) Cowley-based Ark T Centre took over management of The Venue@Cowley from GreenSquare, having been successful in its bid to run the community facility.
The Venue@Cowley was built by GreenSquare and opened in June 2016. It is a state-of-the-art community venue in central Cowley, Oxford, and provides a fantastic meeting place and base for local people to enjoy a range of social, cultural, and educational activities at the heart of the community.
GreenSquare, which has been running The Venue@Cowley since it opened, put the opportunity of managing the facility out to tender at the beginning of this year.
Ark T celebrated the handover of the facility with an event at The Venue on Friday 1 June. GreenSquare's Operations Director Andrew Smith attended the event, to officially present the keys to the team from Ark T.
Andrew Smith said: “I was delighted to attend the event and ‘hand the keys’ to The Venue@Cowley over to the Ark T Centre team. We wish them all the best in the running of the Venue, and have no doubt that this vibrant community facility will continue to go from strength to strength under their management.”
Emmy O'Shaughnessy, Director of Ark T Centre, said: “As a local organisation, which places community, wellbeing and creativity at its heart, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be taking on this role as the new management organisation.
“The Venue@Cowley has built up such a fantastic offer to the local community over the last two years and we hope to build on this with further opportunities for activities, which enable the diverse communities of Cowley to enhance their lives.
“We will bring our passion for strengthening Cowley community life, and we are very much look forward to getting to know the stakeholders, members of the community and neighbours.”
Ark T will manage The Venue@Cowley for the next three years in the first instance. While GreenSquare will continue to own the building, all other aspects of the management of The Venue@Cowley have now been handed over to Ark T.