An exciting new community hub for Tring!
The Council has been looking at ways to improve or replace the much-loved Nora Grace Hall, Tring’s major Community Hall. It is an important venue for Tring, originally built by the Red Cross in 1972 on land given to the Town Council. After reverting to the Town Council, it was renamed the Nora Grace Hall and continues in active use under the care of Tring Together, a council-supported community organisation.
The building is now 50 years old, is showing its age, and with ever more expensive repairs it does not appear viable to carry on. The Council are considering a modern replacement building with sustainability at its heart to ensure that Tring has a centrally located community hub to serve the next generation. The Council launched a Public Consultation on 11th November. It ran for six weeks, giving the community an opportunity to have their say on the hub and the adjacent park.
The proposed new Community Hall could deliver a range of new and improved facilities including:
A café, with views over the park & play area
Multi-purpose rooms e.g. for:
- Community groups
- Health, wellness or support groups
- Businesses, including start-ups
- Facilities for commercial hire or public events
- Gallery space for local artists
Improved car parking
Level access into the building
Improvements to the adjacent green space/children’s playground (known as ‘Spider Park’)
Results of Public Consultation
Aims of the Consultation
The aims of the consultation were:
- To involve as many of the community as possible, to ensure that the new building is informed by the views of local people and other stakeholders;
- To engage with as wide a range of people as possible, using a variety of approaches and communication and consultation techniques; and
- To ensure that results of the consultation are fed back to local people and available to read as soon as possible after the consultation event.
Over two hundred people attended the two consultation events and 221 questionnaires were completed.
From the Architect
Architect, David Kirkland from Kirkland, Fraser, Moore spoke at the consultation event of 11th December. You can see a video of his talk below.