Refurbishment works to transform The Courtyard at Court Hey Park in Huyton have been unveiled.
Knowsley Council has invested £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.
A delegation including Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan, Cabinet Member Cllr Shelley Powell, One Knowsley Chief Executive Racheal Jones, local councillors, and the Friends of Court Hey Park, were invited to view the improvements which included work on the external condition of the buildings, refurbishment of the courtyard itself, and internal renovations, to provide new and impressive training and community event spaces.
The internal upgrades have also provided space for a new, community café provider to operate from the park.
Funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme allowed for low carbon upgrades to the heating, new LED lighting throughout the buildings and solar panels on the roof. These energy-saving initiatives are part of the council’s climate emergency response, which aims to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2040.
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 the Knowsley community.
“The Council’s aspirations for this site included 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 now operate from high quality facilities, enabling them to fulfil that aim.”
By providing opportunities for collaboration amongst the sector and offering specialist support and guidance, One Knowsley provides the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector in the borough, with the expertise and support to grow, build resilience and thrive. The Courtyard will allow One Knowsley to expand their advocacy role and further support the work of the sector, by providing a welcoming space to meet, learn and further build capacity.
One Knowsley, Chief Executive, Racheal Jones, said: “After a period of growth for One Knowsley, and building on the impact of our work and role within the borough, The Courtyard offers a fantastic opportunity to not only meet the growing needs of our workforce but to meet the needs of the wider sector we support and act as the trusted voice for.
“Our vision is to create a vibrant new hub for community events and social activities, and a place for the people of Knowsley to be proud of. I’d like to thank Knowsley Council, Livv Investment and Fusion 21 for their support with the asset transfer and I am looking forward to working closely with our stakeholders to fulfil our ambitions.”
For further updates visit https://oneknowsley.org/court-hey-park-the-courtyard/