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Project information

The Community Centre - Cullompton, Devon, UK

We are going to demolish two church halls and a youth cabin and build a new 9,000 sqft community centre with a range of office and meeting spaces, a flat and a large space for community events with seating for up to 180 people.

March 2011 - June 2012

Charity information: St Andrew's Cullompton

St Andrew's Cullompton
  • Need


    Cullompton is a Market town which has suffered serious decline over the last 50 years and which is becoming more of a commuter town for both Exeter and Taunton. It lacks significant infrastructure with no railway station, no swimming pool and nowhere for the community to meet and hold larger events.

    This project sets out to solve the problem of the lack of a community meeting space and with a range of meeting spaces for upto 180 people


    The new community centre will be arranged over two floors (with a flat above) and provide offices for consultations, meeting rooms for mums and Toddler groups and a main meeting area to accomodate up to 180 seated.

    We have undertaken extensive public consultation to assess the community demand and this has been "designed in" to the building arrangement

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a range of flexible space for community use and to extend the range of basic services


    » Build a new 9,000 sq ft community centre to replace old church halls

    What success will look like

    Success will be...a new centre which attracts a large number of community users AND an increase in basic services such as debt and marriage counselling

  • Impact


    This project is about putting "the heart" back into Cullompton and being part of the regeneration of the Town and working with other like minded groups to make as big an impact as possible. There are two other schemes: a new library and the restoration of an Elizabethan building (to provide civic space and gardens) and the cumulative impact of all three schemes will be transforming


    The most significant risk is project finance as there are very serious bids for public funds and the current environment is difficult.

    we will have "certainty" by late summer 2010 and we have a range of bids developed which exceed 100% plus two loan facilities.

    If the main public fund bid is unsuccessful we will re-profile our time-line


    the main public monies all require formal monitoring and evaluation so there is a project reporting scheme in place which will be adopted for all funders

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,350,000 construction includes demolition of old buildings, plus construction of the new centre and the fitting out works
      £150,000 Fees + contingencies professional fees plus all surveys and planning application

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Sale of property £211,000 Guaranteed
    Devon county council £250,000 Conditional
    South West RDA £650,000 Conditional
    Uffculme environmental ltd £31,365 Guaranteed
    church members £130,125 Guaranteed
    Exeter diocese £227,510 Conditional
  • Background


    The new centre will be built on land owned by the church which also has car parking space and it is right at the heart of the community just off the high street.

    The new centre will be within 500 yards of the proposed new library hub and 300 yards of the Tudor building being restored on the high street to provide some civic space. Cumulatively these project will have a massive impact on the town


    There should be a very large number of beneficiaries: the church will have new office accomodation close to the main church building, there will be a range of flexible spaces for use by community groups and from our public consultation we have had considerable support from business and charity organisations who would want to use the building as well as public sector providers of basic services

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Andrew's has the vision to be in our community and for our community and we had an asset to sell, a very generous group of members but we also have a prime site right in the heart of the community. We have worked tirelessly for 3 years with many partners but we have been responsible for putting the funding bids together

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    South West RDA

    The RDA is the biggest sponsor and if our bid succeeds they will be investing 43% of the total project cost. No other body has this capacity

    Devon County Council

    DCC are providing 17% of the funds but have provide valuable partnership advice and support and shown a real interest in the scheme

    Uffculme Environmental Limited

    UEL are providing a specific fund to enable very high quality audio visual facilities to be fitted in the new building.

    Exeter Diocese

    Despite very tight finances the diocese have been extremely supportive of what we are striving to do in our local community