After a number of years of planning and a global pandemic, the Paddock Wood Community Centre will finally open its doors in early 2023.
The building has been built by local firm Baxall’s to be eco-friendly, with a mechanical ventilation heating and air-cooling system, solar panels and electric vehicle
charging points. The car park is of sufficient size to serve not only the community centre and nursery but also the adjacent memorial field. Residents will also be able to access the centre by bus, cycle or on foot.
This facility will bring much needed community space for use by residents. There will be a hall that can accommodate 300 people but also be split into 3 smaller halls for smaller groups, a kitchen with a café area, a reception/office, a meeting room and a nursery. Also included in the p
roject will be two new LTA compliant tennis courts, a new cricket wicket and improvements to the pavilion.
Once the electricity supply is connected by UKPN, the builder Baxall’s will be able to hand over the building to the town and this should happen at the end of January or beginning of February.
Cllr Meryl Flashman received the keys to the new Paddock Wood Community Centre last Friday (3rd March) from Malcolm Clarke, Managing Director of local construction company Baxall.
The internal fitting out of the centre will now take place and opening date will be announced as soon as possible.
An official opening will follow later in the year.
The Town Council has appointed Laura White as the manager for the new community centre.
Laura started work in the centre on Monday 24th April.