Residents living in Cowley, Oxford had the opportunity to have a look inside the new community space that’s being built there at an open event last weekend (31 October).
The new community facilities, known as The Venue@Cowley, are being built by GreenSquare and are located on the ground floor of a development of 40 new flats we're building on Barns Road.
Staff from GreenSquare welcomed residents of all ages, who were keen to have a sneaky peek inside the new community space. Visitors were given their own high visibility jacket and hard hat to wear and treated to a tour of the space, which included artists' impressions of what the finished rooms would look like. People also had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the sorts of activities they'd like to see taking place at the new venue.
Marie Shaw, Marketing and Community Development Worker for the new facilities, said: “The Venue@Cowley will provide a meeting place and base for local people to enjoy a range of social, cultural and educational activities at the heart of the community.
“It was great to have so many people come along to look round and we're very grateful to everyone who took the time to share their activity suggestions.”
The community facilities, and the rest of the development at Barns Road, are set to be completed in February 2016.
The development will also include new premises for homelessness charity, Emmaus, so that they can relocate from their current base in Westlands Drive in Northway. Not only will it be a brand new, bigger shop, but it will have more room behind the scenes for the charity to process and repair donated furniture and household goods.
To find out more, call 01865 781522. Alternatively, visit www.facebook.com/venuecowley