A new hub of the community
Some lucky locals were given a sneak peak of a brand new community hub that is due to open in Rutherglen.
Guests including elected members and community representatives were invited to a preview viewing of Number 18, located on Farmeloan Road, on Thursday, July 30.
The building, which is owned by Rutherglen charity Healthy ‘n’ Happy Community Development Trust, will not open officially to the public until October 9.
Assistant Director of Healthy ‘n’ Happy Jane Churchill said: “The idea of this event was to give some members of the community a sneak preview of how much potential the building has.
“The building process is not completely finished; there are still a few rough edges to smooth out before we let people enjoy what will be a fantastic new asset for all the residents of Cambuslang and Rutherglen.”
The event kicked off with a welcome from Healthy ‘n’ Happy chairperson May Caldwell. Executive director Brendan Rooney then took the floor to explain the immense scope for opportunities the new community hub will bring the local area’s residents.
He also remarked on the ironic link that the building was first built for £450 and the current costs reaching £450,000.
Collective Architecture rounded off the first half of the preview event with a presentation on the building’s refurbishment and bespoke design as well as providing guests with a brief timeline of the building’s history and its importance to the community dating back to 1904.
Guests were then invited to tour the building. They were able to explore all three floors which contain the reception and several meeting rooms on the ground floor, a large multi-purpose main hall on the first floor and the new studios of the community radio station, CamGlen Radio 107.9FM on the second.
The building is also equipped with a lift to all three floors for disabled access.
Jane added: “We are very pleased to be able to offer this great space out to the communities of Cambuslang and Rutherglen and we look forward to working with many community groups in the area.”
New facility This building on Farmeloan Road will be a new community hub
Tour Jane Churchill with Tommy Rooney, Alison Black, John Bachtler, and Alison Kennedy
Well attended There was a good turn out for the preview of Number 18
Talk A presentation was made at the event
Talk Guests hear about the history of the building