We’re planning to build a new Community Hub for Lawrence Weston. This is in reaction to the closure of many community facilities in the local area.
Why the Hub is needed
The Community Hub will contain a range of services including health, social, economic and education for the community. It will bring together both existing and new health facilities & activities in a new facility managed by the local community.
Over the last 30 years, local facilities have declined across Lawrence Weston, with the loss of the secondary school and college, library, shops, pubs and community facilities. Facilities for health, leisure and fitness activities, as well as advice and counselling services are limited or non-existent. Remaining local services are delivered from buildings in a poor state of repair with limited access for people with disabilities. Many residents face complex health issues and are unable to access facilities elsewhere: car ownership is low, public transport is infrequent and expensive.
The proposed building
The Community Hub will be located on the former college site next to the new Lidl supermarket. It will be a three-storey building:
- ground floor being community use and services
- first floor giving doctors surgery usage
- top floor yet to be decided (this gives flexibility to meet local needs)
The site is on a hill: an entrance on Broadlands Drive will connect directly with the first floor doctor’s surgery (same level); the entrance from Stile Acres will be on the ground floor. Lifts and stairs will connect all floors.
We hope the Hub will provide:
- Doctor’s surgery
- Informal cafe, library and IT suite
- Bristol City Council service point
- Services to improve health & wellbeing and day clinics
- Family support services
- Flexible space for community use
- Employment and business hub
- Community led – Residents at the heart of decision making
- Community feel – Welcoming, not a ‘council building’ feel
- Open and accessible to all
- Integrated and collaborative
- High quality building and services
- Financially and environmentally sustainable
- Easy to manage
- Flexible and adaptable – for varied and future use
As of November 2017:
- Planning permission has been granted
- Full Business Case has been approved
- Majority of funding has been secured
- Attend consultations for residents, volunteers and potential tenants
- Contact us to find out more