Frequently Asked Questions (26.01.18)
Southborough Hub Consultation Feedback – You said we did (13.05.16)
Community Hub Draft Plans (12.07.16)
1 June 2018
Major steps for Southborough Hub development
The development of the Southborough Hub has taken two major steps forward.
Following a competitive tender process, the pool of contractors narrowed to the final three companies and, following an impressive presentation, the contract for the building project has been awarded to Baxall Construction, of Paddock Wood.
Meanwhile, the enabling development site has been sold to Crest Nicholson for their residential development and the deal secures the funds that will largely pay for the Southborough Community Hub.
Construction work on the overall development is expected to begin later this year and is anticipated to take 18 months.
The Gross Development Value of the scheme will see an investment of more than £30million into the local area. Several of the contractors put forward suggestions on the facility which would alter some of the design elements and these are being considered including the type of cladding and whether it could be a brick finish. Any changes would not seek to affect the anticipated services but would ensure better use of the space and subject to the changes, the scheme may need to go back for planning.
The Southborough Town Council Hub representative Cllr Ian Kinghorn said: “I had not appreciated the complexity of the project when looking in from the outside or the legal issues involved in getting us to this point, but it was fascinating to attend the meetings with the contractors and see their different proposals.
“It was clear that they had all spent a considerable amount of time and effort putting their bids together and some of their options had some very exciting elements, but I am convinced that in Baxalls, we have got the right contractors for the job.”
County and Town councillor Peter Oakford, who led the project through its initial stages, said: “These are major steps forward for this exciting project.
“I am confident Southborough residents will come to appreciate the improved services which the hub will provide, including the much-improved theatre facilities.”
In tandem with this progress, engineering works to expand the football pitches on the Yew Tree playing fields are due to start work in mid-July and take about three weeks, weather permitting. The outcome will be see an increase in the number and quality of football pitches. Seeding will take place in August or September and should be playable after the first grass cut.
The Treasurer of the Tunbridge Wells Youth Football Club Mick Di Palma said: “It’s great to see investment going into support our young people and sport in the community.
“We have waited so long for this development and it is finally about to start happening. It’s great to know that Southborough Town Council will also be seeking protection of the pavilion and the fields for a minimum period of 21 years as part of the FA funding which will accompany our own fund-raising.”
Work has also been progressing with the NHS on the delivery of the GP surgery and the NHS has made some positive steps in resolving some of the issues that were delaying the scheme from progressing.
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Southborough Community Hub Development Consultation Analysis Report
Following the Consultation on the development of the Southborough Hub, the results were analysed by an independent Company.
To view their report, please click on the link. Southborough Hub Consultation Report
Equality Impact Assessment
To see the latest update click the link.
Please note – Minutes with a ‘d’ beside them indicate that these are draft and may be amended at the next meeting.
Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Project Board Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.
29.06.2015 05.08.2015 09.09.2015 05.11.2015 19.01.2016
01.03.2016 04.04.2016 05.05.2016 07.07.2016 21.07.2016
06.10.2016 07.12.2016 24.01.2017 13.03.2017 15.05.2017
17.07.2017 01.11.2017 31.01.2018 06.03.2018 26.04.2018
Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Working Group Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.
04.09.2013 04.11.2013 13.12.2013 04.04.2014 03.06 2014
02.09.2014 30.09.2014 02.12.2014 06.01.2015 03.03.2015
28.04.2015 02.06 2015 14.07.2015 01.09.2015 06.10.2015
03.11.2015 01.12.2015 05.02.2016 01.03.2016 05.04.2016
06.05.2016 07.06.2016 07.07.2016 02.08.2016 02.09.2016
05.10.2016 02.11.2016 02.12.2016 10.01.2017 02.02.2017
03.03.2017 04.04.2017 06.06.2017 04.07.2017 15.08.2017
05.09.2017 03.10.2017 07.11.2017 05.12.2017 06.02.2018
06.03.2018 01.05.2018 05.06.2018
Collaboration Agreement (signed 04.07.2016)
Southborough Community Hub – Viability Presentation (03.10.14)
Draft Business Plan (24.04.17)
Risk Register (31.01.18)