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9th Harpenden Scout Group's new HQ 'taking shape'
Members of the 9th Harpenden Scout Group are excited to see their new £275,000 home taking shape.
The brand new HQ is rapidly taking shape with the building’s foundations complete and work has now started on building the main brick-built structure, with everything on track for completion in January 2014.
Work started in July with the demolition of the Scout’s dilapidated 40 year old prefab on Kinsbourne Green.
Group Scout Leader, Mrs Elisabeth Grover, said: "It is great to see the progress of the project and see it take shape. The weather has been on our side and we cannot wait to see our new home complete."
The new brick-built building will blend in with the church next door and will be fully accessible with a larger internal area to store large pieces of equipment.
Toilets, including ones suitable for disabled users and a mezzanine floor to allow for a specific room for the youth members will also be created, as well as a large room for community groups to use for events, activities and meetings during the day and evening.
Funding is coming from Summary Ltd, Harpenden Building Society, Harpenden Trust and The Veolia Environmental Trust who have awarded £50,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Scouts also raised a large amount of money themselves with fundraising events such as their popular family Annual Fireworks Display.
The old building was used by around 150 young people between the ages of six to 17-years-old per week for Scouting activities.
It was also used by an art group, a puppy class, children's parties and the church next door when they need equipment and larger premises, who are all supportive of the need for a cleaner, warmer and better-equipped building.
The executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added: "It is great news that this important project is going well. Well done to everyone involved so far for their hard work."
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