Project Summary                               February 2018  

It's Coming Down... Moors Construction have made the site safe and Amity are removing all the asbestos -- and here some of us are as witnessess!



Girlguiding Kidlington currently meet in a concrete prefabricated building located down an alleyway that connects Green Road with the Oxford Road in Kidlington. The land is owned by Girlguiding Kidlington.

The building acts as ‘home’ to some 250 girls, young women and Leaders who meet on a weekly basis. It's also home to our Trefoil Guild – these are members over 18, who for one reason or another, are no longer able to commit to weekly meetings but still wish to retain their links to the Guiding movement.

The building is some 40 years old, having been opened in 1973. It is now in need of replacement. The concrete is degrading, the wooden doors and windows starting to rot and the asbestos cement roofing panels are starting to sag under their accumulation of 35 years worth of moss.

Vandalism has been a major problem in the past leading to the boarding up of all the windows on the wall adjacent to the alley. Then in 2004 squirrels got into the roof damaging the building even further.

The History of our search for an affordable building

A Feasibility study was carried out in 2008 and a decision made to rebuild on our existing site. A Fundraising Committee was formed and in 2010 once the sum of £20,000 had been raised a Building Committee was formed, interviewed four Architect Practices and appointed Blackwood Architects to design our new Centre.

There then followed a long six years of fundraising - with many people and organisations contributing both financially and with their time, bringing us to an incredible total of £100,000 in 2014. Sadly, this still fell well short of the target needed for a complete rebuild, so faced with the decision of fundraising for many more years to come, and with planning permission about to run-out, we decided, in October 2014, to look at revamping the existing building instead. Our Architect was approached, he redrew the plans and suggested we'd only need approximately another £60,000 to refurbish our Centre...

Hurray we thought!!  Unfortunately we then discovered that we'd have to pay VAT at 20% on any refurbishing. Building from scratch incurs no VAT.  We were torn!!!!

So more sleepless nights and head scratching, but in 2016  we managed to get in some tenders for the refurbishment. Most Builders don't want to quote once they see the access problems!! However, one for £303,000 (WOW!!) and one (as our Architect suggested) for £158,000. Unfortunately, then we have to add that 20% VAT!! Even more unfortunately we understand the latter have now gone out of business!!

So more tenders were sought: ID Developments quote -- Refurbishment £472,920
-- New Build £446,800    NIGHTMARE!!!! However late 2016 Moors Construction of Kidlington put in a tender of £195,000 for a rebuild.. In discussion with our Architect he's suggested a lower specification building, still including a sleeping loft, but with a much reduced ground floor meeting room, and same size kitchen.  We've replied with a 'letter of intent', basically saying that if we can raise the £75,000 needed we'll go with them. So --- more plans to draw up and on with the grant applications.

In January 2017 we decided we'd have to have a new boiler!!! Stuart Clark of Moors Construction thinks he can reuse it in the new building. It cost more (should have guessed) than estimated, partly because the kitchen wall had to be reinforced!! Desperately trying to fundraise then in June we had an interesting offer from Cherwell District Council -- watch this space... 9.6.17. Called in for another meeting with CDC. It's possible they'll lend us some money!! 30.8.17. A few more hoops to go through...Then Cherwell offered us a £100,000 loan in November and rather reluctantly we decided to accept. Our Builder (Moors Construction) is fully on board and providing we can get the footpath closed we hope to start rebuilding in January 2018. We feel as if we've been fundraising for ever and this is our best option!!

New plans!
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Below: Photos of the demolition 3rd February 2018 -- only a partial roof left!



All plans and drawings courtesy of Paul Schwartz of Blackwood Architects, Aylesbury.


2nd Guides built bivouacs at camp 2015


3rd Kidlington Brownies using our Centre for a Circus Skills Workshop in 2015.


5th Kidlington Brownies decorating christmas crafts in our Centre in 2015


Rainbows celebrating Chinese New Year 2016


Trefoil Guild Annual Lunch in our Centre March 2016


Horizon at a Court of Awards Evening at Brill Windmill June 2017.