Works to transform the Courtyard facilities at Court Hey Park in Huyton are about to get underway.
Knowsley Council is investing £447,000 into improvement works at the park in readiness for the Courtyard buildings to be transferred over to One Knowsley – the borough’s infrastructure organisation for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprises.
Starting in January, the works will consist of improvements to the external condition of the Courtyard building and internal renovations, such as new training and conference spaces, toilets as well as general repairs and re-decoration.
The internal upgrades will also provide space for a café provider to operate from the park once again.
Funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will be used for low carbon upgrades to the heating, new LED lighting throughout the buildings and solar panels on the roof.
It is expected the works will last four months, during which time disruption to park users will be kept to a minimum.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “A key priority for Knowsley Council is ensuring the parks and green spaces across the borough provide good facilities and are well maintained for the benefit of all park users.
“The Council’s aspirations for this site include a space for groups and organisations to meet, offering a range of activities that promote social enterprise, community empowerment, and environmental stewardship.
“These improvement works will ensure that One Knowsley can operate from high quality facilities and enable them to fulfil that aim.”
One Knowsley is the borough’s infrastructure organisation for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise providing the expertise and support to help the sector to start, grow, build resilience and thrive. It provides specialist information, advice and guidance enabling opportunities for collaboration and influence.
Its plans for Court Hey Park include the expansion of their advocacy role to promote the work of the sector by providing space to meet, learn and further build capacity.
Rachael Jones, Chief Executive Officer at One Knowsley, said: “We are delighted that these works are getting underway and the improved Courtyard buildings will offer a fantastic space for us not only to deliver the growing aspects of our work but to meet the needs and aspirations of the wider sector we support and act as the trusted voice for.”