With the generous help of East Suffolk Council, Framlingham Town Council, members and affiliates of Saint Michael's Church and others, the rooms will be rebuilt to serve 21st century needs.
James Gorst Architect's Computer Generated Image
These rooms are for all of us - the whole community. The rooms will host our clubs and societies, our social events, our musical events, our exhibitions, our dance classes, our quizzes, our jumble sales, our celebrations, our wedding receptions our fitness classes and much more.
The design incorporates a lightweight timber frame building with specialist foundations to preserve both archaeology and mature trees on the site. It has been carefully designed to ensure that the new community rooms have an unobtrusive impact on the Church Street landscape while at the same time offering a large, bright and welcoming space.
The main focus of the building is a large hall with a vaulted ceiling and glazed atrium entrance with church and churchyard views. Further spaces include a meeting room, office, kitchen, store and toilets grouped either side of the hall. The roof and walls will be externally clad in zinc with double-glazed timber frame windows and doors.
A sustainable building using renewable technology and high-quality, natural materials are a key aim of the project. The rooms will be well insulated, airtight, easy to maintain and have low energy consumption when in use. These green initiatives will ensure that Castle Community Rooms make a positive contribution to the town and sit comfortably within the surroundings.
Although we have raised most of the funding and the building and construction work will begin in January 2022, we need your help to make this not just a community hall but the very best community hall of its size in Suffolk.
With your help we can raise the final 17%.
We have raised over 83% of the projected £1.2million cost of the build and have now secured a fixed price contract and the building work is going ahead. The pandemic resulted in our being unable to carry out typical fund raising activities during 2020 and 2021 but we have decided not to wait until the project is fully funded before giving the go ahead to our contractors as we would have incurred a damaging hike of almost 14% in the overall project cost.
We have several large outstanding grant applications in the pipeline but we still need to raise the final 17% . We have a number of avenues open to us to cover this shortfall and this is where you can help. Our primary aim is to bridge the £200,000 funding gap. If we exceed this target we would like to continue using your kind sponsorship and donations to enhance the building and add features that were cut from the original plans to achieve budget targets. However, under no circumstances will we do this without your prior approval.