New HUB plans are revealed

Forgewood Housing Co-op Ltd director John Mulholland  (left) and architect Gary Pinkerton.

Forgewood Housing Co-op Ltd director John Mulholland (left) and architect Gary Pinkerton.

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Forgewood Housing Co-op Ltd have unveiled their plans for a new £2 million community HUB to replace the current community centre.

An information day, complete with a 3D walkthrough, was held to give residents an idea of what they can expect from the new building.

A planning application will be submitted to North Lanarkshire Council in the next couple of weeks, followed by grant applications to the Scottish Government’s regeneration fund and The Big Lottery.

The Co-Op hope they could be started on the Dinmont Crescent site before the end of the year.

Director John Mulholland said: “We’ve identified the current community centre as being past its best.

“A feasibility study was carried out to see if we could improve the building, but that would have proved too expensive and it doesn’t meet the modern standards the people of Forgewood deserve.

“We have come up with a plan where the ground floor is community-based and the upper floor is offices. We will be moving in and hopefully other tenants join us to subsidise the building.

“It’s almost the same footprint but with an upstairs, and enhanced car parks, and with more distinct rooms including a multi-purpose room, a youth club, an IT suite, and a small community cafe.

“We are linked to Garrion Housing Co-op who did a building similar to this two years ago and this is the same idea.

“That project has given us a bit of credibility as we’ve done it before and it has proven relatively successful.

“It is being sustained by the housing office and commercial interests and like there we aren’t just building a building and then walking away.”

Architect Gary Pinkerton added: “Knocking it down and starting again offers the community a lot more flexibility than what is here now.”