Our new premises will consist of two halls and shared facilities – one smaller hall and a large hall that can be divided into two which will potentially enable three activities to run simultaneously. A large car park will be available to avoid the need to park on the road, with improved access that is wider and less steep.
Inside the new premises there will be modern catering facilities, safer access to storage facilities for camping equipment, and toilet and washing facilities for the field.
The building will embrace modern energy-efficient heating and lighting, whilst improving its green credentials with improved installations.
A lot of thought has been given to the building layout to serve the scouts and users of the hall, enabling the new building to be fit for purpose for the next 50 years, a community facility we can all be rightly proud of and giving to the next generation as the group in 1964 invested in us – we’re sure you will agree this project is ambitious but one worth pushing for.
The Need for a New Facility
Our current hall is just over 50 years old and much has changed in building standards over that time; its green credentials, space layout, current usage needs, car parking and access all need to improve.
The purchase of the field adjacent to the hut two years ago has enabled us to look at the bigger picture. We now have open space to play and camp, more space to consider car parking and an opportunity to look at the group and community requirements for the next 50 years.
The Executive Committee has considered the current hall’s layout, the need for major refurbishment, the current growing waiting list of young people wanting to experience scouting, with the very high demand on beavers and cub scout places and the inability to accommodate more than one activity at a time.
Back in 1964 the group considered its future and needs following the fire that destroyed our original scout hut. Today we need to consider our current needs for this and the next generation. It is still our desire to have the ‘finest hall possible’. Amersham has grown substantially over the last five decades and its community facilities are largely the same.
This will be the biggest investment in youth in Amersham, or even in our county, for over half a century. Youth have, and still receive, bad press, but by providing outstanding facilities and investing in their futures we can give youngsters a sense of purpose and opportunity.