Kirkhill Centre Forward was a project of Kirkhill and District Amenities Association (KDAA) to revitalise and extend Kirkhill Community Centre. The project name was chosen to reflect our ambition to provide a community centre fit for the future.
Kirkhill Community Centre was opened in 1987 to replace the ageing hall at Inchmore following a great community fundraising effort. Since then the centre has been well used by the community for a wide range of activities, clubs, meetings, parties and social occasions of all kinds. It truly is the social heart of the community.
However, since the centre was built the population of Kirkhill District had grown considerably. When it was built in 1987 the population was around 1000, and in 2012 grown by 100% to just over 2000. The centre is often fully booked and is no longer able to cater adequately for local needs and demands.
Community consultation and business plan
The KDAA started consulting with the community and centre user groups in 2009 to identify actions for the KDAA management committee to take forward. A number of consulation events and surveys were undertaken which identified the need to provide an additional meeting room, improved kitchen, toilets and changing rooms, increased storage and improved circulation areas.
The Kirkhill Centre Forward sub-committee produced a business plan that demonstrates the need for improvements to Kirkhill Community Centre, identified the nature of the improvements and the business case for these improvements and shows draft plans.
Phase 1 – Pre-contract work
The project took a big leap forward in December 2011 by securing funding towards the design costs of the project from the Highland LEADER programme and the Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fund. We engaged architects White and McGinn to lead this stage to produce detailed plans and secure planning permission.
Phase 2 – Construction
Reburbishing and extending the community centre cost just over £319,000. The KDAA designated £75,000 of its own funds that had been raised by the community through Gala Weeks over a number of years. The balance of funding was secured from the Climate Challenge Fund, Robertson Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Highland LEADER and Highland Council Ward Discretionary fund. A loan from Highland Opportunity completed the funding package.
Building work started on the 20th August 2012 with local contractor R&R Regeneration carrying out the work. The community centre reopened in January 2013.
September 11th 2011 – Gala Week success and hall renovation news
January 7th 2012 – Architect appointed for Kirkhill Centre Forward project
March 14th 2012 – Kirkhill Centre Forward gets Climate Challenge funding
May 12th 2012 – Funding secured for Kirkhill Centre Forward project
August 28th 2012 – Work starts on community centre extension
Final project report
The Kirkhill Centre Forward project group was: Alasdair Morrison, Dave Knox, Trevor Jones, Amanda McGillivray and Sandra Hogg.