Category Archives: Warren Hall Extension

The Warren Centre Opens

Built on two floors, the 410 sq m Warren Centre will meet not only Micheldever Station’s fast-changing needs, but also those of the wider community. “It’s stunning and such a community asset to the growing village,” said Mr Brine.

Steve Brine open the Warren Centre

Steve Brine opens The Warren Centre (photograph by Allan Croombs)

The Centre’s suite of meeting/presentation rooms, fully-fitted kitchen, changing rooms and showers are designed to appeal to clubs and societies, small businesses and homeworkers, pre- and after-schoolchildren’s groups, and football and cricket teams using the adjacent recreation ground. The refurbished 1960s Warren Hall will continue to be used for exhibitions, parish meetings and large social events. A volunteer-run village shop for commuters using the nearby railway station is also planned.

Steve Brine continued: “These facilities are so much more than a place to hold events or meetings, they are part of what holds a community together and this will do that for many years to come. It was a huge privilege to officially open the centre, but all the credit goes to the team who made this happen and to the organisations that gave the money.”

Facilities for people with disabilities include dedicated toilets and a lift to take wheelchairs up to the first floor. All ground floor rooms are warmed by underfloor central heating.

Project manager Felicity Botham said: “The very successful opening of The Warren Centre marks the start of a new opportunity for the community. The conference facilities should support a range of local projects, while the numbers signing up to help in the new community shop bode well for the future. Enthusiasm is running high and many are coming forward with offers to join the various committees focusing on the Centre’s future.”

The design, construction and fitting-out costs of £508k were met by grants from Hampshire County, Winchester City and Micheldever Parish Councils, Open Space, The Veolia Environmental Trust (awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund), Bernard Sunley Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Rank Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, and Zurich Community Trust. A Public Works Loan was obtained through the parish council.

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The Warren Centre (photograph by Allan Croombs)

The Warren Centre was designed by architect Derek Phillips of Southampton and built by J F Building Services Ltd.

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Building progressing rapidly

As you can see from the photos, the girders for the first floor are being fitted and the block and brickwork are coming on fast.150201_02

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Micheldever Station meeting re Warren Hall

If you live in Micheldever Station and care about your community, then you are very welcome to join us. The meeting will be on Tuesday 20th Jan 8.00 p.m. in the function room at the Dove. Agendas in advance from Sue Bell The year ahead looks exciting! Look forward to seeing you all there. 🙂

The building at Warren Hall is progressing fast

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Well, John Finan and his team are working hard.

The ground floor slabs have been laid and the drainage all passed by the Building Inspector.

Bricks are on site and ready for the next stage. The two storey building should be complete by June.

News of new building

There is great excitement at Micheldever Station as the building at Warren Hall begins this month. The first signs will be the dismantling and removal of the old pavilion.

The hall has been sealed off from the pavilion and a toilet installed.

The work will not affect the use of the hall as it is being built as a separate building, so all the usual events and bookings will continue without inconvenience.

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£200,000 grant for new hall extension!

champagneHampshire County Council have reconsidered our £100,000 grant, taken one look at the hall and made it £200,000, 100% of what we asked for.

Following a lengthy application process and presentation, autumn looks like a possibility for the building to start.

Well done to Felicity, Sue, Kerin and the team for their hard work.

Our thanks to Barry Lipscomb and Steve Brine for their support.