The Life Centre in Bierley, Bradford secured a £7,145 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The community centre refurbishment project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, saw the installation of eco friendly floor coverings and new fire doors and locks.
Over the last three years the Life Centre has seen a dramatic increase in footfall and as such the flooring has deteriorated, having been laid more than 10 years ago. Several areas had become cracked and were starting to lift, resulting in a health and safety risk to service users and staff. Following the completion of the project works, the Bierley Community Association hopes that the overall safety for visitors and service users will be improved and provide a more professional atmosphere and ambience.
Rob Normington, Centre Manager, Bierley Community Association Ltd, said:
“It has created a cleaner, lighter feeling to the building, which has been noticed and appreciated by a large number of our users already.”
Adele Bostock, Zumba Instructor, said:
“The floor is much improved, making it easier to dance on and the new finish allows for better grip and clients feel more confident during routines.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The refurbishment project at the Life Centre has not only made the space much more welcoming, it has also improved the safely and security of this facility, and we’re pleased to support it.”