Sheffield students sign up to community project

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UNIVERSITY students in Sheffield have joined forces with a community to provide ideas which will help make a new village hall project a reality.

Wincobank has been without such a facility since its old Wash House, on Merton Lane, closed seven years ago.

Funding of £240,000 was granted earlier this year to redevelop former communal buildings at the old Newman Court sheltered housing site as a village hall, which is due to open in late spring 2013.

Bridget Ingle, daughter of boxing trainer Brendan and who is among residents involved with the project, said: “We have managed to get Sheffield University’s architecture school interested in the project.

“Their contribution is invaluable, because they will bring the expertise and resources we just don’t have the funds to pay for.”

Twelve students are working on the project and are due to meet with residents tonight to discuss the scheme.

The university team, working with Isobel Howie. Sheffield Council project officer, is tasked with developing proposals for the building’s exterior and surrounding land.

They have eight weeks to spend on the scheme, as part of their Live Project Programme, which sees students work on real projects where their input makes a ‘significant difference’.

Bridget said: “The expertise and creativity they will bring to this project is invaluable.

“Their work will create a vision for the community and mark the regeneration of derelict building.”

One student, Neil Michels said: “We are delighted to be given the chance to work with the people of Wincobank.”

Coun Peter Price, Labour member for Shiregreen and Brightside, said: “It’s excellent the students are working with the community.

“They have already gone around consulting to ask what residents want to see.”