Hub at the centre of the community

Catherine Magennis and Donna McConville, centre managers, Rebecca Doran, receptionist and Grace O'Neill, facility development officer at The Hub. INLM3811-130gc
Catherine Magennis and Donna McConville, centre managers, Rebecca Doran, receptionist and Grace O'Neill, facility development officer at The Hub. INLM3811-130gc
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THE new community hub in Craigavon opened for business this week.

Craigavon Borough Council’s £3million new community centre opened on time and on budget on Monday.

The Hub is a flagship project for the council’s Development Department and the first ever complete community new build for the council.

Located beside Craigavon Leisure Centre in Brownlow, it is a bright modern centre designed to meet local community needs.

Inside you’ll find a social meeting space with soft seating areas as well as the airy atrium space where groups can put on exhibitions and various displays.

Customers with disabilities have also been an integral part of the design with the Centre having a Changing Places toilet and changing facility – a first for the Craigavon area.

Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Alan Carson, commented: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to deliver this first class centre on time and one budget.

“The ultra modern Hub offers a wide range of cutting-edge facilities for the whole community – from conference space to pre-school playgroups there really is something for everyone.

“This fantastic development shows that Craigavon is leading and can deliver for its residents – I wish the Hub all the very best.”

Chair of the Development Committee, Councillor Carla Lockhart, added: “The fantastic facility can be used for large events such as conferences and training sessions as well as smaller scale activities such as tutoring and counselling sessions.

“There’s also an Entertainments Licence so groups can have a range of social musical and theatre events. The Hub is a wonderful new addition to the area and a brilliant facility for all our residents.”

Upstairs has a range of meeting rooms for groups to hire which are wi-fi enabled with smaller rooms for hot desking. Pride of place is the mirrored room for dance and fitness classes which young people had especially requested.

A further kitchen and serving point allows for ease of catering for parties and training sessions.

Downstairs there is a large hall with seating for around 300 people. This is suitable for events, conferences, plays/shows and some sports including bowling and badminton.

Other smaller rooms can cater for group meetings with activity space for arts and crafts activities.

A further large kitchen has been included for catering and the kitchen is also available to hire for training/ teaching purposes and demonstrations.

There’s also purpose built accommodation for pre-school playgroup catering for 24 pre school children. This self contained accommodation will include the main preschool space, kitchen, laundry and office space together with outdoor play space.

Part of the project brief was also to provide an exciting new outdoor play area which local children helped design.

The site has been fully completed with the needs of all the agency stakeholders being taken on board – additional car parking spaces have been created together with an improved lighting scheme, signage and landscaping.

Activities already on offer also include yoga, zumba, drama and dance, bowling, hip hop, prayer meetings and boxercise.

The Hub was designed by Michael Whitley Architects and project managed by Capita Symonds.

For Bookings and further information contact: Janet Hart – (Bookings Clerk) T: 3831 2584 E: janet.hart@craigavon.gov.uk or Grace O’Neill – (Facility Development Manager) T: 3831 3630 E: grace.oneill@craigavon.gov.uk

Alternatively you can call 3831 3630 and ask for either of the centre managers Donna McConville or Catherine Magennis.