The Guardroom Community Building– RAF Upwood, BURY

The population of Bury will more than double over the next five years because of significant housing development at the old RAF Upwood site which is situated within the Parish. 

As part of this new development, Bury Parish Council has been offered the opportunity to take on the derelict Guardroom as a new and additional community facility.  These proposals seek to revive the Guardroom building as a community centre with money raised from grant funding.

The Parish Council and community are passionate about the retention of this building, utilising the space it offers whilst keeping its heritage. 

The existing building is currently in a derelict state of repair and as part of these proposals catch-up

maintenance and repair works will be carried out to bring the whole building back into use for community benefit.

These proposals aim to provide mixed use community facilities comprising:

  • Entrance Foyer
  • Covered atrium exhibiting ‘Local history’ archive
  • Parish Council offices and PC archive store
  • Rooms for hire, NHS provision
  • Studio with bar
  • Shop unit (e.g. Hairdressers or Health suite)
  • Central Kitchen, Kitchenette and WC facilities

Public consultations and regular communications with community groups demonstrated the social value of the building and how important it is to our community to restore this building.   With the remainder of the site being demolished to make way for housing the Guardroom may be all that is left of this historical site.

In addition to the Guardroom, the wider development of the RAF site provides for walks and park space, allotments, community orchard and play areas.  

We are also seeking your views and support for this project.  If you would like to be involved in this project please get in touch with us:

Email: parish.clerk@buryparishcouncil.co.uk

Tel: 07734 771750

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