Wickford’s Nevendon Centre was officially opened today (5 February) with speeches and a game of ping pong between the Mayor of Basildon Councillor David Burton-Sampson and Councillor David Harrison.
The centre, which hosts a number of activities including table tennis and ballroom dancing, is now home to the Wickford Community Association, who were formerly based in Market Road, Wickford.
The build programme, led by Enviro Building Solutions Ltd, took less than eight months due to its modular construction which provides more than 1000 square metres of community space which will accommodate local preschool, One Step Ahead, along with parking spaces for cars and bicycles.
Chair of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee Councillor David Harrison, said:
“This is great news for Wickford and I am pleased we have been able to work with partners to bring this new facility to Nevendon Recreation Ground.
“The previous site was no longer fit for purpose but this centre will allow a greater range of activities and is a welcome addition to the park.”
Chair of the Wickford Community Association Paul Heard added:
“It has been a pleasure to be involved with the new Nevendon Centre from start to finish. Also, since opening it has been great to get positive feedback from existing members about the new centre as well as get enquiries from new potential members regarding joining the centre.”
The project was part-funded by Veolia Pitsea Marshes Maintenance Trust.
Image: Basildon Council