£350k renovation project completed at old chapel

PUBLISHED: 15:05 24 January 2017

The building before it was restored.

The building before it was restored.

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A £350,000 renovation project at an old chapel in Weston-super-Mare has been completed, meaning the building will soon open as a community centre.

The newly-refurbished chapel at Locking Parklands.The newly-refurbished chapel at Locking Parklands.

St Andrew’s Chapel in the 
new Locking Parklands development in Weston has been renovated by 
the village’s developer, St Modwen, and the Homes and Communities Agency.

It has been transformed from a tired building with boarded-up windows surrounded by overgrown shrubbery into a bright and modern space.

The chapel will now be re-named the Radio Wing, in homage to the site’s history as a radio training base for Royal Air Force personnel.

Locking Parklands will provide 1,450 new homes once it is completed, and this new community centre will soon be used for a range of residents’ groups, clubs and activities for people living in the village.

Senior development manager at St Modwen, Ian Guy, said: “This 21st century community centre is the first of several new facilities planned for Locking Parklands and will provide a focal point for surrounding community activities.”

The Radio Wing will be used for toddler and preschool groups, guiding and cub groups, residents’ meetings, community events and social gatherings for people living within the development.

The community centre is due to open to the public later this year, but a date has not yet been set.

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