MP Meg Hillier has joined local residents to celebrate the official opening of the Gascoyne Community Centre in Hackney.
Developed by Sanctuary Group, the community centre forms part of a £4.2 million transformation project of the local area, including the construction of new houses and apartments at neighbouring Crisp Court.
The opening event
The event saw Ms Hillier join other key local representatives for the unveiling of the centre, before touring the new development.
Local residents were also attended to view the new community facilities and enjoyed an afternoon of fun, food and celebrations, including musical performances by local artists and a photographic arts project which portrays the history of the neighbourhood.
The community centre
Managed by local community development organisation Hackney Marsh Partnership, the centre features a large hall, meeting room and reception area and is set to become a popular community hub for a variety of activities, including a youth group, karate club and educational sessions.
The neighbouring housing development comprises 16 mixed tenure apartments plus three 3-bed houses for rent.
Sanctuary’s investment in the community
Sanctuary is committed to supporting community projects and encourages its development contractors to help fund local initiatives. As part of its investment in this scheme, Sanctuary has provided support to local gardening group Madiba Gardens and towards the provision of summer activities on Well Street Common opposite the development.
“Build a strong sense of community”
Speaking at the official launch MP Meg Hillier said: ““Some residents have lived on the Gascoyne estate since it was built over 40 years ago. This iconic new community centre will act as a hub for new and existing residents, young and old. Involving residents in the redevelopment at every step has helped to build a strong sense of community.”
“A positive impact in the community”
Sara Cunningham, Sanctuary’s project manager, commented: “We are firmly committed to creating a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and this development has created jobs and training as well as homes and a central hub for local people.”
“Hub for all kinds of community activities”
Gary Burgess, CEO of Hackney Marsh Partnership added: “We see the opening of the new community centre as an exciting development, strengthening our partnership with Sanctuary Housing and an opportunity to develop this centre alongside the local community, ensuring it becomes a well-used, vibrant and eclectic hub for all kinds of community activities."