26 Jun 2017

The Venue@Cowley celebrates successful first year

GreenSquare’s state-of-the-art community venue in Oxford, The Venue@Cowley, is celebrating its first anniversary this month (June).

After being officially opened by Oxford's Lord Mayor in June 2016, The Venue@Cowley has proved over the past year to be a fantastic and popular meeting place and base for local people at the heart of the community.

Located on the ground floor of a development of 40 apartments that GreenSquare built on Barns Road in Cowley, known as Barns Place, the community facilities comprise four meeting rooms with internet access, a modern kitchen, and garden.

Richard Grant, GreenSquare's Marketing and Community Development Worker for The Venue@Cowley, said: "Our bookings have been far higher than projected, and it has been great to see more and more local people making use of the facilities here at The Venue over the last 12 months.

"As a flexible space that lends itself to multiple uses, it has fast become home for a wide range of local organisations and community groups, with activities ranging from yoga and weight management classes, to ESOL courses organised by the Workers' Educational Association. We also host meetings for all sorts of organisations, including local residents' associations, a learning disability group, police neighbourhood forums and Oxfam.

"And we'd still like to encourage more groups and individuals to make use of the facilities. Moving forwards we have plans for an exhibition ‘The Centre of Cowley – Old and New’ and a 'play and stay' group run by the Cowley Community Church."

Barns Place (including The Venue@Cowley) was designed by award-winning London-based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and recently won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South Regional Award. 

The judging panel said of Barns Place: "The project brings together social enterprise and a mix of housing in an innovative way, to create a vibrant mix of uses and communities."

Visit www.venuecowley.co.uk for bookings and to find out more about room capacities, layouts, hire charges and availability.