City centre community hub
We propose to build a multi-purpose community hub in the heart of the city centre.
It will aim to promote: community cohesion, opportunities for self-development and growth, support digital inclusion, improve well-being and unite and strengthen our diverse community.
The community hub will provide access to all and provide a range of services in a welcoming environment where people can meet and participate in social activities, learning and support groups. The hub will also provide agile accommodation for third, public and private sector companies that endorse the ethos of a community hub. This will allow for flexible, collaborative office space that encourages a coordinated approach in supporting the community in finding and delivering solutions to improve quality of life.
277-278 Oxford (the former BHS building) has been identified as a potential suitable location for the community hub, and obtaining this asset would also ensure a large building is not left empty in the heart of the city centre but its reuse would increase footfall, encouraging regeneration.
This approach would aim to ensure residents had easier access to services than ever before, avoid millions of pounds of unnecessary costs, reduce overheads and make an important contribution to revitalising the city centre by increasing footfall and encouraging retail and residential investment there.
These proposals have been subject to an initial consultation process which recently concluded. The results are now in the process of being assessed by the project team and will feed into the early design proposals to determine how best to progress the project.