Hollingwood Hub

Hollingwood Lock House is a derelict lock keepers cottage beside Hollingwood Lock on the Chesterfield Canal between Hollingwood and Barrow Hill. The Chesterfield Canal Partnership, the Chesterfield Canal Trust and Derbyshire County Council has been granted funding to refurbish and extend the Lock House to provide a centre for training, education, community meetings and activities.

What will be at Hollingwood Lock House?

The existing Lock House will be refurbished to provide offices and a committee room. An extension will include a large meeting room and a café together with toilets and storage. The main room will have audiovisual equipment and will comfortably seat 50 people in rows or 25 people when distributed around tables.

Around the Lock House derelict land will be a reclaimed and several new activity and play areas created including a "boat on shore" and a landscaped area for performances and storytelling.

On the canal bank opposite the Centre part of the old railway embankment has already been removed as the first stage in creating a new public car park (open when the centre is open) with controlled access off Station Road. The car park will have a reserved coach or bus bay.

The Lock House is on the 90 bus route. To link everything together and make it accessible to all, new footpaths will be constructed from the car park and existing footpaths resurfaced. Cycle racks will be found adjacent to the main building.

Who is it for?

Everyone! We envisage Hollingwood becoming a hub for all sorts of activities both on and around the water and is central to our goal of making the Chesterfield Canal a "Waterway for All".

What is it for?

Education – Events – Activities!

The hub will be a base for training and education – in the pipeline is use by schools and colleges for history and field studies, and by societies for volunteer training in heritage and countryside management skills.

The hub will be used by local groups and societies for activities, meetings and social events. To date expressions of interest have been made by arts and photographic societies, by canoe clubs and anglers, by wildlife groups and by crèches and playgroups.

The café will be a community faculty partly run to provide training in catering and hospitality but will doubtless also be very popular with anglers, walkers, cyclists, boaters and canoeists – indeed anyone using the canal.

The Lock House will host all sorts of events – starting with our own version of "Groundforce" in the spring of 2011 and leading onto the Chesterfield Canal Festival in 2012. The Hub will sometimes host the Canal Trust's tripboat, the John Varley.

The Lock House also will house the offices for the Chesterfield Canal Trust and Chesterfield Canal Partnership and will be the main base for planning the restoration and development of the Canal.

What will it look like?

The existing lock house will be refurbished using traditional materials and will look very much as it did when it first opened in 1892. The new extension will use materials which are sympathetic to the original building and its lock-side setting – red brick, wrought iron and timber.

The hub was designed by Derbyshire County Council's Property Services Department based on ideas and a brief from the Partnership and Trust. The final design of the building is shown in the drop down drawings in the right margin.

How will it be paid for?

Funding for the reconstruction and extension of the Lock House has been secured from the Government's "Community Assets Fund" run by the Big Lottery Fund, Derbyshire County Council, Staveley Neighbourhood Management, the Chesterfield Canal Partnership and Chesterfield Canal Trust.

Additional funding for the car park and site preparation works was secured by the Land Reclamation section of Derbyshire County Council from the East Midland Development Agency and other sources.

Funding for the fit-out of the Hub is being sought from charities and from private and commercial sponsors – so far with positive results – but we are always keen to hear from anyone else who can help!

Who will run it?

The centre will be run by the Lockside Community Interest Company through a Management Board consisting of the founding partners -- the Chesterfield Canal Trust, the Canal Partnership and Derbyshire County Council – together with representatives of local organisations and the local community.

What will happen to the profits?

Any profits generated by the activities at the centre will be reinvested in the development of the canal and will ultimately support the long term maintenance of the canal.

How can I get involved?

If you want to get involved and become part of this exciting project please contact the Chesterfield Canal Partnership Development Manager.

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