New Community Hub for Edward Woods Estate

Derelict pram sheds converted to office space for community groups

A brand new, state-of-the-art community hub is set to open on the Edward Woods Estate later this year.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has spent £665,000 transforming formerly derelict pram sheds into office space so that they can be used by a number of the borough’s voluntary groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

The community hub will be split between the ground floors of the Edward Woods blocks of Stebbing, Norland, Poynter and Boxmoor Houses, with the Boxmoor facility likely to be used as the main base for the hub.

Cllr Joe Carlebach, cabinet member for community care, says: "Hammersmith & Fulham has a vibrant and thriving voluntary sector and we have protected these vital organisations and services despite the severe budget pressures that we face.

" This new hub will help us to provide better, more modern facilities for our voluntary organisations and we have been working closely with them to ensure their needs are met.

"I am sure that all of the groups who take up the opportunity will be very pleased with their new home and we will be working hard to make sure that local residents reap the benefits of this fantastic deal."

The council says organisations will be moving into the hub in a phased manner from early 2012 with a launch event planned for later in the year.

Organisations interested in renting space at the hub will be asked to complete an application process which has been developed, with priority given to those that meet local priorities, including delivering services that benefit local residents and contribute to the community hub ethos.

January 24, 2012