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Community centre in portacabin raising funds for new home

They hope the new centre will be fit for all ages and generations to come
By Victoria Munro

The current look of the Higham Hill Hub
The current look of the Higham Hill Hub

A Walthamstow community centre and nursery currently based in a portacabin is raising funds to build a new, permanent home.

The Higham Hill Hub received planning approval for a new facility on the former bowling green in Higham Hill Park last month, after five years of consulting local residents.

With help from architects Studio DERA, the charity which runs the centre has designed two buildings and outdoor spaces, which will include room for growing and cooking food.

The design is intended to be as green and sustainable as possible, using “natural materials throughout” and with “intensive wild green roofs” on both buildings.

Plans for the next centre (Studio DERA)

In an announcement on their Facebook page, a Higham Hill Hub spokesperson wrote: “This marks another important chapter in what has been a long journey of learning as a community.

“Our vision is for today’s young person to walk into the new building and park and know that one day they’ll be able to return with their own children, feeling a sense of belonging, pride and ownership over what they themselves have helped play a critical role in helping establish.”

Find out more on their Facebook page here