Client: Toft Newton Village Hall Associates
Contracts Manager: Andrew Kelsey
Site Managers: Geoff Clipson
Quantity Surveyor: Kym Godward-Large
After thirty years in timber cabins Toft Newton Village Hall Association were in need of new facilities, that they had been seeking for 20+ years. The need was established and the TNVH Association worked with LK2 architects to gain funding, predominately from The Big Lotteries and also from West Lindsey Council.
One of the main focuses was to replace the existing social club and provide changing facilities for all the local football teams, young and old that had previously been run from a garden shed. The new single storey social hub includes a community room, which runs a social club most nights; two team changing rooms plus an officials changing room including toilets and showers to each room; a large multi-purpose function room and bar; a kitchen; store rooms; disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.
The project got off to a slow start with the weather hampering the removal of spoil from site, and the discovery that the old swimming pool was larger than first thought. After difficulty in the ground, the project progressed smoothly through the blockwork and the installation of the large roof. Top hat trusses had to be used because the span was too large for a single truss to be economically made or practically delivered.
The tight site became a challenge as the number of trades increased but locals were supportive of the project and attended an open day to tour the partially complete building and have their say on finishing choices. With the underfloor heating installed, and finishes chosen this left the design of the bar. Kelsey’s offered a number of options and helped the Association come up with some improvements to the area.
After 9 Months on site the final commissioning took place in October 2017 and handed over to an excited TNVH Association. The building now serves the community and has proved a success by bringing in people from the wider community as well as regular weekly clubs and private events.