Sands End Arts and Community Centre
December 2020 update on the Sands End Arts and Community Centre
SEACC was completed in summer 2020. Sadly, Covid 19 has now delayed the opening until spring 2021.
A spring 2021 opening does not take away from the fact that the creation of SEACC is an extraordinary achievement. It started in 2017 with a big, and seemingly unrealistic promise by H&F that they would build a new community centre in South Park. The first step was to find the money, and H&F successfully got all the money they needed from Thames Tideway and Chelsea FC. With the money in place, planning and design commenced and in 2019 construction started. Congratulations all round.
SEACC is a wonderful and spectacular addition to the park. At FoSP we are looking forward to continuing our work with H&F and the in house SEACC management team. A few weeks ago we had an informal show round and can confirm that it is superb.
Meanwhile, we have been having meetings by video, phone, email and over the fence with David Somner the SEACC manager. Between us, we have created a list of objectives including the layout of the surrounding fences, beehive management, the community garden, spring bulbs and much more.
The exciting challenge now is in helping David find the best community and artistic use, for the resources available in SEACC. David would welcome enquiries from groups, clubs, associations, societies, party planners, meeting planners and anybody who needs a meeting space for between 8 and 200 people. E-Mail David on David.Somner@LBHF.gov.uk
The latest photos are courtesy of Melinda Shelbourne, who is not only a great photographer but also the founder of www.urbanvillageldn.com
May 2020 update on the Sands End Arts and Community Centre.
The wooden hoarding surrounding the site on park side the has been removed and we are now able to see what it will be like when it is finished.
As suspected, the old lodge building was almost derelict and there was extensive rot and decay in the wooden structure. A great deal of work has gone into the restoration and by the end of June, the new windows should be in place and the internal work underway.
The new building looks as good as was shown on the plans and it will, as promised, give the community a facility that can be used by everyone young and old.
The plants and shrubs have been chosen to make it part of the community gardens and established trees and plants in South Park.
Covid 19 has changed all of our plans, and whilst H&F are managing the current easing of the lockdown they are not able to finalise the opening date
April 2019 Press release from Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Building work will soon start on the new Sands End Arts and Community Centre.
The brand new centre will be built in and around the currently disused Clancarty Lodge in South Park, Fulham. Construction of the new building is expected to start in June and the new centre is scheduled to open next year, providing a new community resource to replace the former centre in Broughton Road.
All this is being done at no cost to residents after H&F Council secured funding from Thames Tideway and Chelsea FC.
Construction of the new building is expected to start in late 2019 and the new centre is scheduled to open in late 2020, providing a new community resource to replace the former centre in Broughton Road.
All this is being done at no cost to residents. Thames Tideway is providing £2m as part of its community investment and Chelsea FC is providing up to £1.6m as part of its community contribution around its stadium redevelopment.
If you have any questions about the work, please email the council’s project team.
1st of July 2019 and work has started - The gates are open.
August 2019. The pre-built wooden frame has arrived and the new building is starting to take shape.
May 2020. The wooden hoarding has been taken down and we can now see what it will look like when it is finished.
November 2020. The building has been completed. Sadly, Covid 19 has delayed the opening until spring 2021.