Parish Centre Redevelopment
Parish Centre Redevelopment Update - May 2019
It's been quite a journey but we are almost there and should be getting the keys for the new Parish Centre around mid June. There is still plenty to be done once we are in the building in preparation for hire and it is anticipated we will be open for hire in early August. We have already received a large number of enquiries about hiring rooms, for a whole range of activities, and are confident that it will be a busy and thriving community facility.
We will be holding a viewing day in June for anyone who would like to come and have a look around and details will be posted here on the website and on our Facebook page shortly.
The latest update report on the progress of the building itself is available here.
Update: February 2019
Just a reminder that all of the monthly progress reports can be accessed via the Parish Council Meeting Calendar or via the "documents" section.
As reported, unfortunately we are affected by delays in reconnecting the electricity and gas and the completion date is now likely to be May 2019.
Update: October 2018
There have been substantial delays to the build but progress is now being made and it is anticipated that the Parish Centre will be completed by Spring 2019. For further detail on progress, please refer to the "Parish Centre Redevelopment Update" documents which are produced monthly and attached to the meeting papers. These can be viewed either via the Parish Council Meeting calendar or via the "Documents" section of the website.
UPDATE - Parish Centre Redevelopment – February 2018
The redevelopment of the Parish Centre has met with serious problems which are causing significant delays. The main issue regards the diversion of existing service connections to the four properties at the rear of the centre.
A parcel of land adjacent to the old Parish Centre was purchased from Blaby District Council. This was to enable the construction of a larger building with better facilities. During the excavation of this parcel of land, gas, electric and water service connections were found. These were not recorded on utility plans since they were service connections and not main runs. There was also no record of any easement/wayleave agreements registered with the Land Registry.
Initially it was agreed with Western Power that the electric cable could be diverted under the new building in ducts. After some time and with easement agreements under way this agreement was rescinded by Western Power and we were back to square one. They were now insistent that the diversion route would be around the new building. Cadent the gas company also specified that their diversion should be around the building.
Unfortunately the most obvious and cost effective route passed close to two trees. Both Western Power and Cadent said that due to their operating regulations they could not use this route unless the trees were removed. Since these trees were within the Conservation Area and on Blaby District Council Land a planning application was needed to request their removal. BDC needed to be convinced that there was no other viable alternative route that would not require the removal of the trees.
It has been very difficult arranging a meeting with all interested parties present. This has now occurred and after discussing all options BDC have agreed to the removal of these trees. Unfortunately with easements to be agreed it is anticipated that the actual diversion works will not take place for a further 8 weeks.
In the meantime our contractor TMDP is working within the footprint of the old building. Piling work and the ground beams have been completed along with drainage work. It is proposed to bring this section of the building up to roof level. Unfortunately to obtain the guarantee on the roof its erection has to be done in one lift. Therefore once the brickwork has been completed on the old footprint area it cannot be covered until the brickwork for the whole building is complete. The knock on effect of this is that both first and second fix cannot be started on this section (this covers things like plastering, cabling, electrical work, doors and door frames).
The implication of all these delays is that the completion date is now likely to be late 2018/early 2019 dependent on when the service diversions are completed. The delay and additional works will mean an increase in costs, but the Parish Council is working with all other parties to keep this to a minimum, and deliver a new Parish Centre for Narborough and Littlethorpe.
UPDATE - JULY 2017
The redevelopment of the Parish Centre has now begun after delays due to the discovery of a well and unforeseen difficulties with services. The excavation of the additional piece of land adjacent to the Parish Centre has started, together with internal works in preparation for the demolition. The footpath has been closed around the Parish Centre but it is not anticipated that a road closure will be necessary.
The contractors, TMDP, have set up a site compound on the car park of Narborough Park and the overflow section has been opened up to allow plenty of parking space for park users. The building should be completed by spring/summer 2018. Should anyone wish to view the plans, these are available on Blaby District Council's website at blaby.gov.uk/planning.
UPDATE - 18TH MAY 2017
The Parish Council has appointed TMDP as contractor for the redevelopment of the Parish Centre and a Letter of Intent has now been signed. The programme of works is currently being established and will be available on the Parish Council's website as soon as possible. The contractor has set up a working compound on Narborough Park car park which will mean reduced availability of parking spaces for park users. Whilst the works are in progress (and while the weather permits), parking will be available on the grassed overflow section of the car park, with the exception of Fridays during term time when the car park will remain closed to enable access by the Reality Youth Bus. Alternative parking is available nearby on Weavers Court car park, which offers 2 hours' free parking by obtaining a ticket from the machine. It is expected works will begin imminently. We have been advised that all works will take place under a footway closure and Desford Road will remain open.
UPDATE - JANUARY 2017
The Parish Council Office moved as planned and has now settled into its new temporary home at Council Offices, Room 206, Desford Road, Narborough. We have brought our old telephone number with us to the new office and can be contacted between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and between 9.30 am and 1.00 pm on Wednesdays. There is a 24 hour answerphone if you need to leave us a message.
The redevelopment plans for the Parish Centre are progressing and there are now 5 contractors who will shortly be invited to tender for the project. Once received, all the tenders will be reviewed by the project management company and a shortlist compiled, with the final decision being made by full Council.
As the tender process moves forward and detailed programme timings become known, we will be publishing this information on the website to keep you up to date.
The Parish Centre will close after 1pm on Tuesday 25th October whilst we re-locate the Parish Office.
We will be moving to Council Offices, Room 206, Desford Road, Narborough LE19 2EP
Our telephone no. will remain on 0116 2863 008, however we will be available only on answer phone from Wednesday 26th October until we re-open on 1st November in our new temporary location. The phone may be unavailable during the transfer of the line on Friday 28th October.
The best method of contact during this time of transition is via email on either:
We will do our best to answer all enquiries as soon as possible.
Our mail will be redirected whilst we are away.
At the meeting of the Planning Committee of Blaby District Council on Thursday 30th June 2016 approval was given for the Planning Application submitted by Narborough Parish Council to demolish the existing Parish Centre and construct a new building.
The final draft plans for the rebuild of Narborough Parish Centre will be discussed at the meeting on 16th February 2016 at Littlethorpe Village Hall. The meeting commences at 7.30pm and is preceded by Councillor Surgery at 7pm. Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.
At the meeting on 15th March the side aspect was changed to suit the requirements of the Planning Authority. See new picture here.
The planning application has now been submitted and will be considered in the usual manner. An option for consultation will be available via the District Council website or the planning page on the Parish Council website in due course. See link below.
Parish Centre Internal Layout and Roof Lights (PDF, 413 Kb)
Proposed internal layout and roof lights plan
Parish Centre Side/front elevation March 2016 (PDF, 1.4 Mb)
Side Front elevation for submission to PA
Parish Centre Proposed Park Side View Option 1 (PDF, 1.6 Mb)
Park side view 1
- Parish Centre Application
Link to the application to demolish and rebuild the Parish Centre, Desford Road, Narborough