Raising the community spirit in Stonehouse

A new £6.525 million multi-use community centre is under construction for Stonehouse, in East Kilbride, replacing the existing Stonehouse Institute and Public Hall.

The project is being carried out for South Lanarkshire Council by Main Contractors Gilbert Ash.

Responding to the wider needs of the local community, and scheduled to be completed by winter 2011, the centre will include a new community hall with kitchen and bar facilities, sound and lighting systems and can be sub-divided to allow different sized group activities.

The centre will also have a community café area with meals and snacks on offer as well as a range of meeting rooms for local groups and visiting services from the council and its partner organisations for housing surgeries, benefits enquiries and health activities.

Specialist facilities for adult day care including group rooms, a cinema room, arts and crafts room, multi sensory room and a quiet room will also be available for community use out with office hours.

The centre will also include a landscaped garden area at the back of the building.

Councillor Gerry Convery, the chair of the council’s Community Resources Committee, said: “This facility which is fully funded by the council, will be a great facility for the people of Stonehouse and is another in the line of very successful integrated community facilities throughout South Lanarkshire.

“I am sure the people of Stonehouse and the surrounding area will be delighted with their new facility.”

Raymond Gilroy, the contract director for Gilbert Ash NI Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be constructing the new facility and to be working with the council to complete an outstanding quality project.”

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