We have been using our current huts for around 50 years, when we were given them following their use on construction projects in the centre of Manchester in the 1960s. They have now reached the end of their lives, and are beyond economic repair.
In early 2018, we started to develop plans for a new hut to meet the needs of the next generations of Scouts, as well as serving as a community resource.
In June 2018 we were granted planning permission for the new hut and we submitted an application for grant funding to the Garfield Weston Foundation. In October, we were informed that we had been awarded the full £150,000 we had asked for. Since then we have received several other large grants and we have now raised £240,000 towards our overall target of £270,000 to build and fit out the new hut, and do associated works to site access and landscaping.
Planning Permission Variation
Because of changes to the design of the building to reduce costs (including reducing the length of the main hall, removing the glass doors at the end of the hall and reducing the number of roof windows), we need to apply for a variation to our original planning permission. Please do support our application – every supportive comment helps, and it only takes a few minutes.
The Building Programme
Work on the building of our new hut begins at the end of June 2019 and we hope to open the new hut in November 2019. There are three phases to the work:
- Phase 1: Demolition of the old huts, ground clearance and preparing the foundations for the new hut. This will last until late July.
- Phase 2: Erecting the new hut. This is a Wikihouse design, and the hut will be delivered as a large number of pre-cut plywood sheets, which will be assembled into the sections of the hut by volunteers over two weekends in August. The hut will be built out of these sections by the Hut contractor, who will also wrap the building in a waterproof membrane.
- Phase 3: Roofing, cladding and fit-out. This will turn the wooden structure into a working Scout hut, including all the internal panelling, wiring, plumbing and decoration. We are still raising money to complete all the tasks for this stage.
Whilst this work is underway, our groups will continue to meet on different sites. Contact the appropriate section for details.
How you can help
We are currently focused on raising the funds needed to reach our overall fundraising target. Our events page lists the fundraising activities that you can support.
You can make donations to the project via our Wonderful.org fundraising page. If you are a tax payer, we can claim Gift Aid on your donation, making it worth an additional 20% to us. All large and corporate sponsors of our project will be recognised, so please get in touch with us to discuss how we can ensure that your support is appropriately recognised in the project. We are also happy to discuss how we can help your company meet Corporate Social Responsibility requirements.
Finally, we need practical support. If you would like to help with the assembly of the hut, then there are details of how you can volunteer in August on our Events page.
During the fit-out stage, we need suitably qualified plumbers, electricians, joiners and decorators who can help us with the fit-out of the new hut, including supervising experienced volunteers.
We also need materials to help us with the fit-out and the landscaping, including electrical fittings, toilets and sinks, timber and internal doors, gravel and paving materials. If you think you can help, or can put us in touch with someone who can, we would love to hear from you.
Here are photos showing the progress of the construction of our new hut. We had over 20 volunteers a day over two weekends helping us assemble the sections of the new hut, ready for the Hut contractors, Leisure Technique, to start putting it up. Check back here to keep a track of progress!
Getting in Touch
If you want to know more, or if you would like to offer support of any type, we would love to hear from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.