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2nd Jul, 2022

Villagers to get new environmentally-friendly hall

WIXFORD is set to get a new environmentally-friendly village hall.

It was one of 69 projects to secure funding from Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund.

The £24,000 will help with the replacement of the currently dilapidated and damp hall, in the village near Alcester, with an energy efficient building fit for the 21st century.

This will include low carbon air-source heat pumps as the primary heating and cooling system, a mechanical ventilation system and high grade insulation.

The new hall is forecast to deliver an 83 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions for each hour the hall is used when compared to that of the old building.

Green Shoots funding is only one part of the story for the project, which is an example of efficient construction through material re-use.

The existing village hall structure is to be removed, and thanks to a donation from a member of the community, a modern steel-framed structure with a slightly larger physical footprint will be erected in its place. This method will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of construction compared to a new build.

The commitment to recycling materials also includes reusing the donated building’s doors, windows and many of its internal fittings as part of the new construction.

Work will begin next spring 2022 and is expected to be completed by the autumn.

John Cain, chairman of Wixford Village Hall, said: “We were delighted that we were able to receive the support of the Warwickshire County Council Green Shoots funding scheme as it will greatly help in achieving our aim of minimising the carbon footprint of the new Village Hall”

WCC environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “The replacement of Wixford Village Hall is a great example of the things that make Warwickshire a great place to live – the local community coming together to restore a well-loved and used location in the village in a cost-effective and innovative way.

“The range of start-of-the-art carbon efficient technologies, such as heat pumps, and a recycled building to replace the existing structure make this such an exciting project and worthy recipient of our Green Shoots funding.”

Visit www.wixfordhall.org/ for further details about the project.

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