A run-down industrial site in Highgate, Birmingham, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art multi-use community centre in a £2 million regeneration scheme.
Welconstruct Interior Contracts took only 21 weeks to convert the twostorey 16,000 sq ft building on the corner of Moseley Road and Highgate Place.
This represents phase two of the centre which will become operational on September 7. Funds are being raised by centre managers Bhat Singh Sabha ( Highgate) to undertake the third and final phase which will provide aesthetic works. The European ERDF programme has awarded £1 million matched by the charity.
The 8,000 sq ft ground floor has a kitchen and large community hall to hold up to 480 people at events like weddings and christenings. A full-time day nursery, catering for 50 children, will be run on a section of the first floor and includes an inside play area and creche. The complex was formerly an auto electrical workshop and retail outlet.
Roger Day, general manager of Welconstruct, said: "This is a fantastic use of a building that has stood empty for over four years. This facility will make a real difference to many lives."
Project managers and cost consultants for the scheme are Bucknall Austin.