We aim to facilitate greater community cohesion by providing a range of services and activities promoting wider social integration and inclusion of our diverse communities. The facilities will include a bigger multi-functional space to include a youth club, health and lifestyle chances facilities and a state of the art building that can be used by external voluntary organisations and community groups. We also wish to create a large social space for external groups to use for social, cultural and sporting events.
In the basement we want to create a multi-functional space with changing rooms, showers and toilet facilities plus a small catering area for people to use. This space will also be used for youth activities such as sport and health related activities for the whole community.
On the ground floor we want to create an open but interconnected space as a conference area that will be made available for our partner organisations to rent, other BME groups and youth clubs as well as being an area that can be used for weddings, social and cultural events.
On the upper floor there is enough head room to create a mezzanine to accommodate several educational spaces for the centre's educational support projects; After school clubs, A’ level and GCSE community languages classes as well as our Supplementary school, ESOL provision for women of all ages who cannot access external services because of their religious and cultural norms.
To comply fully with DDA policies we will create a space to accommodate a lift to all floors in the building.
Phase 1 of the project will focus on the expansion of the basement, new sanitary facilities and new improved access and circulation.
It is proposed to expand the basement by utilising the existing void, which will increase the usable floor area by a further 70 square meters. A new flexible partition will allow the large space to be divided and utilised for different activities. The proposal will involve the excavation and carting away of the filled void and underpinning of the existing walls.
Phase 2 will see the redevelopment of the ground floor into a modern main reception area that welcomes people into the centre with office and storage space as well as a multifunction events hall for large celebrations and smaller conferences, workshops and meetings. The area will also have new toilet facilities and a fully fitted kitchen to cater for events and can be hired by the community.
The first floor will become modern classrooms for our education centre with the development of a new mezzanine floor also consisting of classrooms. This will increase our classroom capacity from 5 to 16 fully furnished classroom spaces with smart boards and all necessary equipment. This floor will also contain office space and toilet facilities and a fire exit staircase from two sides of the area and lift access.
The centre is currently looking for donations to help with the refurbishment project, your support and generosity are greatly needed and appreciated. To make a donation please use any of the following ways:
Al-Ghazali Multicultural Centre
SORT CODE: 40-29-08
SORT CODE: 40-29-08