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Work begins on new ‘eco-friendly’ Collier Row community centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 10 March 2017

Cllr Damian White on the digger with MP Andrew Rosindell, ward councillors Cllr John Crowder and Ray Best and members of the Highview Residents Association Committee. Picture: Havering Council

Cllr Damian White on the digger with MP Andrew Rosindell, ward councillors Cllr John Crowder and Ray Best and members of the Highview Residents Association Committee. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

Construction work on an “eco-friendly” community centre began this week.

Artist's impression of the finished building. Picture: Havering Council Artist's impression of the finished building. Picture: Havering Council

Diggers moved onto the site behind Highfield Towers, Hillrise Road, Collier Row, to start on the community centre which will be carbon neutral with solar panels, a ground source heat pump and rainwater capture which can be used for flushing toilets and watering the landscape.

Deputy leader of Havering Council and cabinet member for housing, Cllr Damian White, said: “The pre-fabricated design of this centre means we can build quickly, with the construction work due to be finished by July this year and the new centre opening shortly afterwards.

“It is good to see work getting under way this week and we are looking forward to this eco-friendly community centre being put to good use by local residents and community groups.”

The finished centre will include a large hall for events, a kitchen, toilets, an office and will be fully accessible for those with disabilities.

A play area for children under 10 will also be created next to the new building.

The project is being partly funded through the Housing Revenue Account as well as a £10,000 grant from the Tesco Bags of Help fund which gives the 5p charged for buying disposable carrier bags to good causes in the area.

The pre-fabricated building is being constructed by Northamptonshire company Scotts of Thrapston, which specialises in design, manufacturing and the installation of buildings.

Visit havering.gov.uk/HighviewCommunityCentre

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