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Our Future

Exciting redesign and vision

Building Re Design

Since becoming a Charity in 2011, the Trustees identified that, with careful redesign, the Chantry Centre can develop to support an ever wider range of activities which enrich the lives of our diverse neighbourhood and support people to connect, engage and grow.

To achieve this, the Trustees have developed a medium term Business Plan which is revised every 2 years.


STAGE 1 & 2: Roofing and Low Cost Redevelopment Programme

Since 2011, there has been much hard work and over £150,000 of funds have been secured and invested in urgent roof repairs and a range of internal improvements such as the installation of the projector & large screen, reconfiguring rooms to provide greater flexibility, upgrading hall lighting and WiFi, and the creation of additional toilet facilities.

STAGE 3: Capital Redesign Project

Trustees have consulted with key users to review the current Chantry Centre design and assess how best to fully maximise the significant potential the building offers for the benefit of the local community. This Capital Programme is the next major step and we are currently finalising plans which:

  • Reduces operating costs and improves the centre's sustainability - 30 solar panels were installed on the roof of the Chantry Centre in December 2022, which should be able to produce 10,000 units per year. We are currently looking to replace inefficient appliances throughout the building and working on ways to reduce energy consumption.

  • Improves accessibility of the centre - planning permission was granted in December 2022 for accessibility improvements to the rear of the building by the introduction of a new 'Stage Door' entrance with ramp and increased signage.

  • Facilitates increased use by a number of different users at the same time this is closely interlinked with the above project, but with the additional requirement of further work to internal spaces once the new Stage Door entrance has been completed. 

  • Improves the “kerbside” appeal of the Chantry Centre - community engagement on proposed design ideas (see example illustration above) to create a more welcoming frontage will begin in January 2023.

This is an ambitious programme and our preliminary estimate is that at least £500,000 of funding will be required. 

As a first key step it was confirmed in early 2022 that £200,000 of the required funds were available to the Chantry Centre from Stroud District Council arising from the Section 106 obligations paid by the developer of the Littlecombe site in Dursley.


With these funds now available, the Trustees have commenced fundraising activities for the balance.  

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