Melksham Community Campus Newsletter – January 2022

14th January 2022, 2:37pm | By Peter Dunford |

Welcome

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2022 edition of the Melksham Community Campus newsletter. We hope you had an enjoyable and
restful Christmas break.

Despite some challenges in 2021 the campus construction made great progress and is still set to open by this Autumn.

Completed works

Completed work since the last newsletter includes the roof; Bath stone and brickwork externally; secondary metalwork for the sports hall rebound boards; blockwork and render to the first-floor changing rooms; studwork partitions to the first floor cycle studio and meetings rooms; screed
to the library, reception area and first floor accessible change; base tarmac to the new car park; and independent water supplies to the bowls club, tennis courts and Melksham House.

Upcoming works

Mechanical and electrical works will continue including the pool filtration system installation, ductwork and containment. General tiling will commence as well as screed to wet change and rendering works to the walls and floors, including the pools. Construction of internal partitions
continues. Externally, the service yard to the south of the building is being constructed and the work to the north car park gathers pace.

Footpath works and closure

In the coming weeks there will be some improvement work carried out on the Melk 20 footpath at the Hazelwood Road end. During these works there will be periods when the path is narrowed or closed for short periods of time with a full closure required for the final finishing tarmac course. Appropriate barriers and signage will be in place throughout these works. When exact timings are known, these will be communicated via social media. We apologise for any convenience this may cause.

Planning application

A planning application was made for the variation and removal of conditions to update the Melksham Community Campus planning permission approved under planning application reference 20/09353/VAR. This application was made to reflect the developed designs, particularly around the landscaping. The consultation period ended on 3 December 2021 and a decision is awaited from Planning.

 

January highlight – Poolpods

This month we would like to tell you about accessible facilities for the swimming pools. As well as ladders and graduated steps, both the main pool and learner pool will be fitted with state-of- the-art accessibility equipment called Poolpods. The Poolpod offers quick, easy and dignified access to pools for people in wheelchairs and those who have other mobility difficulties, which can make accessing swimming pools difficult. The Poolpod system can be used standing or with a submersible wheelchair (we will have two) specifically designed for swimming pools. The chairs allow customers easy transport between changing facilities and the pool. The village change area will also incorporate a Changing Places facility which enables people with a disability to use changing facilities safely and comfortably. For more information on Changing Places visit: www.changing-places.org.

Melksham House update

Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet has approved use of an additional £2.2m of funding allocated in the capital programme to enable the refurbishment of Melksham House. A scheme for the redevelopment of Melksham House was given planning consent in October 2021 and the enabling works are due to commence this month.

Cllr Phil Alford, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Strategic Assets and Asset Transfer, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve managed to confirm the route forward for Melksham House, as that will provide a solid foundation for us to strategically plan and ensure our vision for the town can become a reality. Flexible workspace in the heart of the town, next to a bustling community campus, will be an attractive proposition for businesses. “Looking at the bigger picture for Melksham, we will work collaboratively with partners and ensure decisions about the future of the key publicly owned sites in the town are not made in isolation, and that that they are in the absolute best interests of the local community.”

Get in touch

You can contact the campus team by email: melkshamcampus@wiltshire.gov.uk

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