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Marsh Farm Community Centre


Two stage design and construction of a Community and Enterprise Resource Centre (CERC) in the Marsh Farm area of Luton, which is officially classified as a ‘deprived area'.

The project comprised of the demolition of an existing factory building and the design and construction of the new CERC, whilst the existing adjacent community centre on site remained in full operation.

Phase one of the new CERC was completed after 28 weeks enabling the users of the existing building to move into the new facilities. The existing community centre was then demolished and Phase two of the project was completed.

Extensive external works included hard landscaping, block paving, tarmacadam, white lining, soft landscaping and external lighting.

The new community centre will provide support offices for Luton Borough Council and local amenities such as a children's indoor play area, business enterprise start up units and PCT Healthcare facilities.

Whilst progressing the detailed design, VolkerFitzpatrick worked with the Marsh Farm Community Development Trust to formulate ways in which the project could be delivered whilst maximising opportunities for local labour.

On this project VolkerFitzpatrick achieved set targets for local labour employing a construction team from the wider local area and achieved targets of:

  • 25% workforce from Marsh Farm estate
  • 50% from Luton/Bedfordshire area
  • 50% contract value placed with local firms
  • Eight trainee placements

Facts and figures

  • Client:
    Marsh Farm Community Development Trust
  • Value:
  • Duration:
    73 weeks
  • Project categories

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