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Community wing set to replace Ballgreen Hall and library

Published Monday, 21 May 2018

new Strathaven Primary School incorporating community wing and library

The new Avondale Community Wing in Strathaven is preparing to open to the public by the end of this month.

Library staff are currently moving stock and equipment over to the brand new library adjoining the newly opened St Patrick's Primary School in the run-up to the community wing fully opening to the public on Tuesday 29 May. However there will be an open doors day on Saturday 26 May from 9.30am to let people have a look round the whole building.

Following the closure of the library earlier in the month the Ballgreen Hall will close on Sunday 27 May with lets transferring to the new hall from Tuesday 29 May. All groups who currently use the hall are being contacted to let them know of these arrangements.

However, if any library or community hall users need more details they are asked to call 01357 521167 and speak directly with a member of the team.

The facility is the latest integrated community venue in South Lanarkshire and features a suite of flexible spaces for hire in addition to the new-look library. It provides a much needed replacement for the existing Ballgreen Hall and Strathaven Library on Glasgow Road.

The community space consists of four separate areas which can be booked individually as smaller spaces, or joined together as larger spaces. There is also a bar, community kitchen with catering standard equipment and a fantastic sound and lighting system, making it fully equipped for a wide range of functions and meetings.

The library will have a relaxed seating area where you can enjoy a good book over tea and coffee, a dedicated children’s area, and wifi throughout. A new packed programme of activities for adults and children is also being introduced including 3D printing workshops, family film shows and craft groups to name but a few.

The building is managed by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture. Councillor David Watson, the chair of the SLLC board, said: ‘People will be delighted with the new community facility – the spaces have been designed to a high specification and offer flexibility for multi-purpose use. And we now have a library fit for the 21st century."