A Sheffield developer is starting 2018 with confidence after plans have been revealed for a new £500,000 community centre development, in a former mining village.
Jaguar Estates Group, a niche Sheffield based developer, is finalising detail for the new centre in Woodhouse village, which will include re-homing the community’s library. Alongside this will be a housing development to meet local needs, of 12 units including eight bungalows and four houses.
The development, which has been conceived and detailed after extensive consultation with Sheffield City Council, is proposed to start on site in Summer this year to be completed in 2019. Its progress underlines optimism in the construction market and the local investment success of the Jaguar Estates Group.
The single-storey community centre will be run by local people and will offer a variety of facilities from a parent and baby group, a playgroup, a youth club and other facilities, giving a focal point for the village community.
A crisp contemporary style and simple warm palette of materials has been selected to bring the look and feel of this part of Sheffield Road up to date and provide a warm and attractive addition to the built environment.
The project will sit at a focal point in the village on the 1.5 acre site at the junction of Stradbroke Road and Sheffield Road and will also retain urban green space.
Award-winning Jaguar Estates Group is a niche, Sheffield based developer with over 50 years’ experience in creating high quality developments that fit in with the local environment and area. It is currently working on several projects across the South Yorkshire region.
Rod Wadsworth, a Jaguar Estate’s Group Director, said the project underlined that developments were continuing to be progressed in an economic slow down and challenging investment climate.
He added: “We’re excited about this project as it underlines growing confidence locally, and also our ability as a company to develop a mixed-use project that will meet the needs of the local community and offer value for money and high design quality.
“Our focus has been squarely on Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region as there are opportunities on our doorstep to be involved in quality developments and we will continue to look for opportunities to work with local agencies and communities. We’re looking forward to taking this project to the next stage and to its proposed opening in 2019.”
Martin Smith, director of Self Architects, said: “This scheme is one we have been working on for some time and we are extremely pleased to have submitted our design proposals on behalf of both our client, Jaguar Estates Group and Sheffield City Council who will operate the community building.
Coun Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure and Sheffield City Council, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support this new community building which will be a much needed and loved resource for people in Woodhouse and the surrounding area.
“We have worked closely with the community that runs the library to bring forward these plans and look forward to seeing them come to fruition.”
Local councillor, Jackie Satur, said: “I welcome this wonderful news on behalf of myself and fellow councillors Mick Rooney and Paul Wood.
“I know how eagerly anticipated this news is within the Woodhouse community and how long they have waited for confirmation that the New Library and Community Hub would be built. It is important that I thank the Woodhouse Community Forum for all their hard work and patience on this project.
“We are pleased that Jaguar Estates Group has committed to building a new facility as part of their larger plans for the area.”
Howard Constable of the Woodhouse Forum said: “It is fantastic news that Woodhouse is to get its own new library and community centre after a very long time without any civic buildings, it will serve the community well and will be a magnet for the whole community.
“We wish to thank the staff and volunteers of Woodhouse and District Community Forum and all of our local city councils for their continued support in this matter.”