Weʼve raised £0 to refurbish a floor of an old building in Nottingham. It will be used for private as well as charity and community-based events
- Closed on Tuesday, 31st December 2019
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This may not be enough space to explain every single thing, but here is a detailed outline. The page will be edited as the need arises. Although we have put a target on the page, any donations, of any kind, will be gratefully received, with thanks.
Here is an outline of the proposal:
The ultimate goal is to provide a space where the business is able to both fund itself and also provide social events catering for all sectors of society. Areas of the floor will be set aside as a safe social space for those that need it. The business work areas will be used to produce pieces of art, bespoke items, recycling and reselling of items, as well as holding classes/groups.
Currently, the building is in need of internal restoration. The structure of the building and utilities are taken care of by the landlord. Internal decorative works and restoring the internals and floors of the building are our responsibility.
At the time of writing the floor is almost air tight, electrics and water works are being completed soon. We have removed the majority of the rubbish and will be removing unsafe and/or unsuitable fixtures and fittings. All this work is being self-funded, as is the aim of the whole project.
Once the clear-up work has finished, we can look to restore the various areas. This will start with the entrances, facade, reception, kitchen and lounge/cafe area. The doors and entrances need to be secured or replaced. The reception is small and simply requires decoration and flooring. The lounge area (once the services have been re-routed) will require some roofing work, walls removing and the floor restoring back to it's former glory. The kitchen needs refitting with appliances and fixtures. Once this stage has been completed then we will be in a position to hold small classes/groups in this area. We will be able to provide refreshments as well as a warm, comfortable, productive and safe space to accommodate small numbers of customers.
This will create a small income, which will be used to run the business as it is, as well as partially funding the continuing restoration of the floor. No wages will be taken at this stage. All the money from internal and external sources will be put towards materials and, where essential, professional labour costs.
The large hall area requires some decorative work, but primarily the floor restoration is the largest project. This is time-consuming but is essential in providing the events area for larger gatherings. The space will be left as one area. Given the height of the ceilings (approx. 6m) the heating solution and it's cost is the largest outlay for this area. The Hall will be used to both display items and art for sale, as well as holding all manner of events.
The facilities, namely toilets, washing areas and storage areas require refitting and some decorative work. Once these are complete then the business is able to host events where toilet facilities are required. Catering for families, the elderly, disabled, and children means all facilities will either have to be adapted to comply with regulations or newly installed.
There are two large rooms at the back of the floor which will be set aside for staff and workshop areas. These required minimal restoration but, again, the floors throughout require some restoration.
It is envisaged that, by the end of the year, the entire floor will be complete and the business able to function as intended. Social events will range from parties, to celebrations, memorials, sales, dancing (as was an original use of the building), community gatherings and a large covered space where the weather spoils those outdoor activities.
Given the layout of the floor, the use of the various areas can be altered to accommodate the needs of the customers/clients. The profits from the private social events will be recycled (as is the ethos of the business) into the supportive and educational aspects of the business.
Where possible, during both the restoration and ongoing business, materials, equipment and tools will be recycled and reused where possible. They will be bought second hand or from reclamation/recycling companies. This not only lowers the running costs, but also prevents landfill and unnecessary waste.
It is hoped that we are able to secure sponsorship, materials, equipment and/or monies from local businesses and individuals. The business has no intention of borrowing large sums of money to fund the works required. Aside from going against the whole ideals of the business, this creates financial strain on a business that needs to put more effort into its activities than paying back loans. If we are able to acquire goods and services at a discounted/subsidised rate, the savings will enable us to provide a better service to those that need it.
It is not thought that are any spaces like this currently available in the area for what we propose to carry out. Given the stature and history of the building too, we believe this idea is a rarity. This adds to its appeal and, thus, the customers' experiences, increasing the money it is able to raise.
Whilst this page is primarily set up to raise funds we are always grateful for advice, help (manual or otherwise) and donations of any sort that we can use to reduce costs whilst increasing service level.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. More pictures will be added, and we are always open for discussions and interactions.
All the best
- 3 years ago
Patrick Bayer3 years ago
We have repaired all the holes in the old floor so it is now solid. It is now in need of a good sand, so we're looking to borrow a floor-sander if someone is feeling generous. A lot of the retrofitted partitioning and wall coverings in the front rooms have been removed. This has revealed the beauty of the original building, but also the complications that come with the age....crumbling plaster and some dodgy woodwork. The partition between the hall an lounge in in the process of having plaster removed, and then cladded in wood. Busy busy
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- 4 years ago
Patrick Bayer4 years ago
The goal amount has been reduced as we have bought a gas heater and been given a stair-lift, internal fire doors and some old IT equipment. Thank you to those that have provided these.
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LP is an artist of 20+ years, with the same experience in childcare and voluntary work. She is talented, driven, passionate about her work and helping others. PB is a good boy and does what he''s told. He's also good at all the boring technical, admin and writing stuff.