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Renovation project in the pipeline for New Ark Play Association
02 December 2014

New Ark Play Association in Peterborough has secured a £7,440 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, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). 


For more than 40 years New Ark Play Association (NPA) has provided a centre for community activities, thanks to the dedication of local parents and volunteers.  In recent years the NPA has received funding to improve the heating system, but lately the integrity of the external doors has become compromised.  Problems include poor insulation, reduced security and swelling in the rain – making them difficult to open.


The renovation project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Building theme, will replace the current doors with UPVC doors to improve heat retention, safely and security for the whole building. 


Charlotte Griggs, Operations Manager, New Ark Play Association Limited, said:


“The main New Ark building is 35 years old and over the past two years I have worked with organisations and local business to renovate the premises.  The new doors will dramatically enhance the appearance, reduce heating costs, make the building more energy efficient and improve safety and security.”


Lisa Sachse, Parent/Committee Member, New Ark Play Association Limited, said:


“The new fire exit and external doors will create a safe environment for children to use, as the old doors are not practical and children struggle to open them.  As the old doors have holes in them, it causes heat to escape out of the play room, but after the doors have been fitted this will no longer be a concern, creating a warm environment.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This work is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve facilities for the benefit of the local community.  For more than 16 years community buildings across the UK have benefited from the scheme and the organisations that award grants through the fund look forward to supporting more in the future.”