Popular Leeds community centre overhauled ahead of housing revamp

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A community centre at the heart of a regeneration project in south Leeds has officially reopened after an extensive revamp.

Ingram Gardens Community Centre has undergone a major transformation ahead of nearby properties in Holbeck being refurbished as part of the council’s housing regeneration project.

The council’s partner sc4L and Keepmoat overhauled the centre inside and out, and local residents have been able to enjoy their regular coffee morning in new surroundings for the first time after an official opening.

Work completed on the centre includes re-roofing, new central heating, kitchen, laundry, disabled toilet, entry and security system, new windows and doors, insulation, floor coverings and lights as well as repointed brickwork and re-wiring and complete redecoration.

Outside, the building has new boundary walls, paths and landscaping.

Coun Debra Coupar, executive member for communities, said: “The investment in the housing regeneration project is so much broader than the homes we’re refurbishing and building as the renovation of the community centre so ably demonstrates.

“For the housing regeneration project to be truly considered a success we need to ensure there are appropriate facilities that the community can come together and use.”

The community centre’s planned upgrade was timed to be completed before work to homes in the neighbouring Ingrams and Balms estates gets underway.

The council intends to bring the homes up to date and make them more energy efficient through installing new kitchens, bathrooms, insulation, central heating, re-wiring and new doors.

The new community centre also benefits from a temporary wet room that tenants can use while work is carried out in their homes.