A revamped community centre at the heart of a regeneration project in Holbeck has officially re-opened.
Ingram Gardens community centre has undergone a major transformation ahead of nearby properties being refurbished as part of the council’s housing regeneration project.
The council’s partner sc4L and Keepmoat overhauled the centre inside and out, and local residents were able to have their regular coffee morning in new surroundings for the first time this week after an official opening.
The community centre’s planned upgrade was timed specifically to be completed before works to homes in neighbouring Ingrams and Balms estates gets underway this month.
Councillor Debra Coupar, executive member for communities, said: “It’s great to have been working so closely with the ward members on the improvements at Ingram Gardens and I feel honoured to have officially reopened the building. I hope local residents will take every opportunity to enjoy their transformed community centre.”
Bringing the homes up to date and making them more energy efficient involved installing new kitchens, bathrooms, insulation, central heating, rewiring and new doors.
“Christine Davies, local resident and coffee morning organiser, said: “The makeover at the community centre is marvellous. It’s always been a popular place but now people will really be able to relax and enjoy their cuppa, meeting or event in much more luxurious surroundings.”
Refurbishment work has started in the Ingrams area and will start in August in the Balms area.