St Bride’s Centre in Motherwell has secured a £50,000 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.
The renovation project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will refurbish the lower hall, which had seen a reduction in bookings in recent years. The project works have now been completed and include the provision of a brand new ceiling and lighting, a fan ventilation system, new flooring and a new carpet. Finishing touches includes re-plaster and redecoration of the internal walls, new soft furnishings and replacement tables and chairs. The finished product is first class.
Due to a reduction in the bookings of the hall over the past few years, a new St Bride's Hall team had recently taken over the management of this particular aspect of the centre, and had surveyed user groups to find out what their priorities were for the building. People had become disinclined to use the large facility for family events because of its dated and shabby appearance, and concerns regarding the safety of the floor. The team have successfully renovated the centre's toilets, changing rooms and some work was done in the kitchen. The halls beautiful new surroundings however with its new floor will make it a very attractive venue for anyone now wishing to organise family weddings, dances or fundraising events.
Monsignor Tom Millar, Parish Priest, Cathedral Parish Motherwell, said:
“I am delighted that St Bride’s Centre has a new look. A few months ago it seemed old, tired and rundown, but now it has been turned into a modern, bright and beautiful centre, perfect for celebrations and events. Local people and parishioners have used the hall for many years, how their spirits will be lifted when they next visit.”
Eileen Burke, Committee Member, St Bride’s Centre, said:
“I can’t believe the change in our centre, thanks to Biffa Award. I have used the centre for as long as I can remember and I have never seen it looking so good. It will encourage everyone to use the church hall again and feel very proud.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”