A new community building, which will be available to hire, is to be built at the Queen Elizabeth II Recreation Ground in High Wycombe.
A design and build contract for the new community room has been awarded to Integra Buildings Ltd by Wycombe District Council. The new community room will complement the changing rooms at the open space which is located off Shelley Road, High Wycombe.
Construction is due to begin in the autumn of 2017 and the building, which will be managed by the Poets Corner Residents Association, is due to be open by the end of 2017.
The council asked residents to share their opinions on the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field and early proposals for a community building in 2015.
Cllr Graham Peart, Cabinet Member for Community at Wycombe District Council, said: ‘I am delighted that Wycombe District Council is not only able to construct a new building that will be used by residents, but that it will also be run by a community group – particularly at such an important open space in our town.‘
Alison Statham, Chairman of Poets Corner Residents Association, said: ‘It is so important that communities have somewhere they can come together to meet.
We hope the new community space will be extensively used by all for a variety of uses – from local sports groups, arts and crafts societies, book clubs etc – but more importantly we simply want to be able to bring local people closer together.‘
The recreation ground was formerly known as Shelley Road Recreation Ground however it was renamed as part of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, run by Fields in Trust, celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The challenge helped protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities across the country as a permanent living legacy.
The recreation ground also features a small play area on the site and is also popular with dog walkers.