Posted: 30 Jan, 2020

For more than 20 years, Focus Consultants has been involved in supporting community schemes and village halls across the East Midlands and beyond.

The company’s role has included project management, building surveying, funding advice, contract administration, principal designer, quantity surveyor, business planning, feasibility work, BREEAM assessor and more.

“We took the opportunity during the recent Village Halls Week to review some of the village hall and community schemes that Focus has been involved in,” said Focus Consultants joint managing partner Keith Butler.

“We were delighted to see just how many village hall and community projects the company had undertaken in more than 20 years. These included many new builds where Focus had been involved from start to finish with initial concept ideas through to securing Big Lottery Fund and other grants and continuing as lead consultant during the delivery phase. Other projects involved refurbishment schemes.

“As well as village halls and multi-purpose community centres, we’ve supported churches with their new premises and helped communities to deliver resource centres and hubs.”

Focus Consultants has worked on a wide range of village halls and community centres across Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and further afield – both in rural and city centre sites.

National Village Halls Week, held recently, celebrated the services that village halls provide in rural communities across England and involved events at 650 village halls across the country. It was also the chance to promote the Village Halls Improvement Grant Scheme, which was announced in the 2018 budget as part of £8 million made available to help with the cost of repairs and alternations to community buildings (village halls, miners’ welfare facilities, Armed Forces veterans’ facilities) to mark the centenary of the Armistice. Funding covers 20% of the total costs of a project, and village hall committees are able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings. The remaining funding comes from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants such as the National Lottery Community Fund.

So far, grants for 21 projects have been approved as part of the Government £3 million Village Halls Improvement Grant Scheme launched in April 2019. Improvements include repairs to roofs, refurbishments to toilets and kitchens and new meeting rooms.

Contact Focus for advice and support on your village hall or community schemes. We can offer expertise from start to finish – helping to conceive and shape a project through to providing support for the design stage and on to practical completion.

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