Stace Community Dagenham

A Royal Visit to Chadwell Heath Community Centre

30 June 2015

Senior Project Manager, Jan Engdorf, enjoyed a very dignified opening last week as he was invited along to the grand opening of Chadwell Heath Community Centre.

The invitation followed  contribution towards the Dagenham community project, which included the refurbishment of an existing library and a re-design of the building’s layout to create a multi-functional community centre. The centre, which opened in September, is run by local volunteers and supported by the council. It houses the Robert Jeyes Library and hosts a range of services from exercise classes to literacy lessons for children and mum and baby classes.

Stace was appointed to assess the contractor’s tenders and provide a combined Project Management and Contract Administration role. The works included separating the library into 3 user spaces (with separate working zones within that), and an access controlled children’s area with ability for wet play activities. The main hall now comprises of an IT zone, a library zone, partly moveable shelving and a central activity area with a sports floor. The third room is again a multi-use area, ideal for training courses. Finally a couple of small offices were added together with an “interview” space for career advisors to use.

This successful project, was so impressive that the building was officially opened by her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who were in the area to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Barking and Dagenham’s creation as a London Borough.

Click here to visit the Robert Jeyes Community Library website.