New Community Centre

The Community Centre Consultation.

Thank you to all of you who attended the presentations and who submitted consultation forms or comments, the Community Centre Consultation Feedback report is below;

Community Centre Consultation Feedback Report – March 2020

Background information

The current community hall, Copt Hall is beyond economical repair and the village needs a new hall.

We considered a range of locations and know that the preference is near Highgate, however no sites near Highgate are available.

In January 2019 Hawkhurst Parish Council decided to build the new community centre at King George V Playing Field.

Hawkhurst Parish Council will oversee the development and building of the new community centre.

Once the new community centre has been built, Hawkhurst Community Trust 2018, a new community trust, will oversee the day to day operation of the new community centre.

Link to Hawkhurst Community Trust 2018

The project will have several stages.

Design stage – We liaised with the public and users of existing halls to bring forward an outline brief, this has been developed into a Client Brief for architects.

We tendered and interviewed three architects and have appointed Cyma Architects. We also tendered and interviewed Project Mangers and appointed Stapleton Consulting as Project Manger.

We consulted on the initial designs in the early 2020 – see Community Centre Consultation Feedback Report March 2020, above.

The initial designs are below;

View of proposed Community Centre

Accommodation Schedule

KGV current site plan

Proposed KGV site plan

Proposed Ground Floor plan

Proposed First Floor plan

Another view of proposed community centre

We are taking on board the comments and are amending as required to bring forward a final design to Council and aim to submit planning permission in spring 2021.

We will put the final designs and plans on the website.

Permission stage – The Project Manager and Architect will ensure we get best value, the correct technical advice and contracts.

Building stage – We will tender the building contract and seek best value.

Opening – We are working with HCT 2018 to open the new community centre .

HCT 2018 is an independent trust set up to operate the community centre once it has been built.

The find out more about HCT 2018 and how you can help visit their website.

If you have a question please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

If the answer is not on the FAQ list please email

We will regularly update the FAQ.

We will be keep the public informed as the project develops.