What you may find useful to know…
Bramley Village Hall was built in 1970 and extended in the 1990s. Although structurally sound, some internal elements are in need of improvement or replacement and our repair bill has been rising steadily over the past few years. Grant funding was successfully sought from Basingstoke and Deane and Hampshire County Council and the work has just begun.
The refurbished hall will benefit from new w/c’s for both children and adults; a new accessible w/c; a new kitchen in the Bramley Room; a new floor in the Main Hall kitchen; a new meeting room at the front of the building; and a new extended entrance and portico. The hall will have a new frontage featuring wood affect cladding and new doors and signage to modernise the hall’s external appearance. Once all of the build work is completed, further funding has been secured from Basingstoke and Deane to deal with external drainage issues and to resurface the hall car park.
Bramley Village Hall is a busy, thriving village hall and as such we are going to stay open to all our many regular user groups for the duration of the work. This will prove to be quite a challenge both for us as well as them, but we hope to be able to operate with minimal disruption to most. Sadly we have had to turn away many bookings for parties for the duration of the build work as it not be ‘party-ready’ but hope that next year we will be able to accommodate many party bookings in the new look hall.
The build project is expected to take approx 20 weeks to complete which means being up and running by mid December.
Ideally we would like to get the bulk of the internal works done during the 7 week break that Little Apples are on summer holidays for. There are also far fewer groups using the hall during these summer holiday weeks. The extension and new entrance may also be begun at this stage but this is unknown at the moment.
During that time the Main Hall will remain unaffected aside from having no access to the w/c’s. Portaloos will be on site for hall users in the Little Apples playground.
Access to all Main Hall user groups will be via the Main Kitchen door during the works. It may be that the Bramley Room users also need access this way but it may be that they can access the Bramley Room via the Fire Exit door. This will not be know until we are further into the project.
We are all aware that there will inevitably be disruption to the usual smooth running of the hall but hope that we can minimise this will careful planning and good communication. There will be a weekly status meeting with the contractor and Bramley Village Hall and any important information will be relayed to the relevant hall users following these.
When the building work is complete, we are then having the car park completely resurfaced in the first available Little Apples holiday afterwards. This will take approximately 1-2 weeks and the car park will be inaccessible for that duration.
Bramley Village Hall Trustees thank you for your patience during this challenging phase. We feel sure that the improvements to the hall will be worth it.
Floorpan can be seen here:
Elevations can be seen here: