Popular Downham Market community centre to get makeover

Jubilee centre, Downham Market: Picure: DM town council

Jubilee centre, Downham Market: Picure: DM town council - Credit: Archant

Exciting plans to extend and rejuvenate a well-used community centre in Downham Market will be unveiled early next year.

Downham Market Town Council has appointed architects Chaplin Farrant Ltd to give the Jubilee centre a makeover.

A public consultation will be held on Monday, January 9, between 3pm-7pm at the Assembly Room, Downham Market Town Hall.

It will include a display explaining the council's vision for the centre's future and members of the public will be able to give their views and feedback on the proposal.

Richard Davidson, the council's deputy town clerk, said: 'The existing centre is a typical 1960s/1970s community structure that, while it has served the town well, is now sad, tired and no longer fit for purpose.

'The existing design means that only one hirer is able to utilise the building at any one time and there is no spare capacity for new or additional regular hirers.

'The extension will accommodate the existing users better and allow for flexibility of use of the centre.

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'The additions to the building will allow for a better, more functional and exciting centre for the community to use as well as helping to secure the future of the site and the centre.'

While the existing centre is well-used by the community, Mr Davidson said that both its appearance and internal layout meant it could not be used to its full potential.

He added: 'The current building requires significant improvement and is lacking in space required for the current nursery and programmes that are hosted there. This is what the proposal is designed to ensure: a modern, functional and durable space for everyone to use.

'The nursery area will be able to operate safely, even with the rest of the centre in use.

'An extension to the south will allow for a new community social area to encourage people to linger as well as provide a potential source of revenue.'

Proposals also include an extension containing changing areas and better facilities for the sports teams that use the grounds.

How would you make more use of the Jubilee centre? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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