New community centre opens its doors

A building gutted by fire in south Hatfield has been brought back to life as the new Hilltop Community Centre.

Hilltop

The fire in September 2018 caused severe damage throughout and smoke damage meant almost the entire property needed a rebuild.

Hilltop before 2

Following a £250k transformation, the new facility features a spacious main hall, kitchen, storage room and changing areas.

The centre opened its doors for the first time today and will be available to hire to local residents and community groups for a wide range of uses.

Councillor Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources, said:

The building is totally unrecognisable, it's a remarkable transformation.

We've designed the facility with local people in mind, from children's parties to exercise classes, the space is versatile and well-equipped for all.

I'm really proud the council is investing in facilities such as this, ensuring we continue to provide our communities with easy access to spaces where they can come together, connect and enjoy spending time.

The team at Campus West will manage the new centre alongside their portfolio of community spaces which includes Panshanger Community Centre, Vineyard Barn and Hazel Grove.

To find out more or enquire about hiring Hilltop Community Centre, please visit www.welhat.gov.uk/communitycentres or call 01707 357116.