We are delighted to announce that the winner of our New Beginnings competition to receive a new ceiling is The Space Field Lane, a project to revive a community centre on the Field Lane Estate in Rastrick, West Yorkshire.
About the Winners: The Space Field Lane
A group of community volunteers has been working together for several years to bring about a ‘new beginning’ to this former community centre at the heart of the Field Lane Estate in Rastrick in West Yorkshire.
The community centre has been closed for seven years and the estate is desperately short of a facility where its community can come together. The project aims to bring about activities for all generations, opportunities for socialising at the planned community café, and training and vital opportunities for the young people of the estate.
Group trustees have taken the building over from the council and have design plans in place to complete major refurbishment, including two big spaces which need new ceilings, lighting and so on. They were two thirds of the way towards the total funding of £480,000 required but have already had to scale back to make the project feasible.
The estimated cost for removal and replacement of the existing ceiling alone was £16,000 including VAT and fees so winning the Dune eVo ceiling enables the group to add major value to other parts of the refurbishment, bringing back some of the other key enhancements they have had to forfeit.
The Space Field Lane project was entered into the competition by its architect Neil Hardacre of Pickles Architecture in Brighouse.
On hearing that they had won the prize, trustee Mary Green said,
“We are absolutely delighted. This is terrific news and a real morale booster to us as a team apart from the practical help that the prize will give to our project.
“It will be huge for the residents of the estate. They will be thrilled to bits that this opportunity has been given to our estate and our project. We have been working on this for so long now. We are almost there now.”
About the Prize
The Space Field Lane will receive up to 250m2 of Dune eVo tiles and grid plus up to three days of free installation by a member of Armstrong’s national network of approved Omega installers.
Dune Evo is a high performance, 100% recyclable mineral ceiling tile which is also Cradle to Cradle Certified™.
Thank You to all the Entrants to #eVoNewBeginnings
Rays of Sunshine’s Sara Rees said she was honoured to be asked to join the judges’ panel for what was an “excellent” initiative. She added:
“We were really impressed with the quality of the applications, so the judging process required some significant consideration and deliberation. The panel discussed each case in turn, assessing them against several measures including the context of the new ceiling, the impact on the local community, and the long-term legacy of the project.
“A big thank you to everyone who applied – they were all very deserving entries. There were a number of strong contenders but the overall winner demonstrated remarkable passion, commitment, resourcefulness, hard work and determination – a real example of ordinary people coming together in a community to achieve something extraordinary. I am excited about what is going to be achieved and can’t wait to see the outcome.”
We’d like to extend our thanks to all the entrants to the #eVoNewBeginnings competition. Please support them by visiting their entry pages, checking out their websites and talking to them on their social media channels.
- Tiber Football Centre in Liverpool. Tiber is an organisation which supports 14-18 year olds in Liverpool. They are building a new Football Centre which will provide football coaching to young people across the city. Twitter: @tiber_org
- Kingsmead School, Hednesford. Kingsmead was built in 1938 in Staffordshire, and still has some of its original timber corridor ceilings – they would like to replace them and improve the learning environment for their pupils. Twitter: @kingsmeadonline Website: kingsmeadschool.net
- 1st Winlaton Scout Group, Gateshead. 1st Winlaton Scouts have a well-used building they have been working on refurbishing for two years, but they haven’t been able to fundraise for a new ceiling. Twitter: @blaydondistrictWebsite https://blaydondistrict.org.uk/groups/1st-winlaton-scout-group/
- People Without Labels, Glasgow. This charity community and arts project occupies the oldest building in the East End of Glasgow, and provide support and food for vulnerable local people. Their ceiling is in need of replacement. Twitter: @TheSpaceScot Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thespacescotland/ Website: https://thespacescotland.org/people-not-labels/
- St Augustine’s Nursery, St Augustines Catholic Primary School, Gateshead. This primary school nursing space has a damaged ceiling and replacing it will enable the school to make the space available to the community during the school holidays. Website: http://staugustinesprimary.org/
- 5th Boston Scout Group, Boston, Lincolnshire. After replacing the rotting wooden floor on their scout hall, 5th Boston Scout Group want to tackle the ceiling next. It would be ‘a weight off our minds’. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5thBoston/
- Sunderland Mind, Sundlerland. This group have recently been fortunate to get use of a new space they want to use to support older people locally with events, but the acoustics are really not up to it, and a new ceiling would help. Twitter: @SunderlandMind Website: http://www.sunderlandmind.co.uk/
- Pilsley CofE Primary School, Pilsley, Derbyshire. This school hall has been entered by acoustics consultant Silvio Murgia who points out the 1960s existing ceiling isn’t helping pupils hear each other. A new ceiling will make a difference for generations of pupils. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pilsleycofepta/ Website: http://www.pilsleycofe.derbyshire.sch.uk/
You can also talk to us and find out all the latest news using the #eVoNewBeginnings hashtag.