Work on a £850,000 Salvation Army citadel in Balderton started this week.
Getting work under way at the Lowfield Lane, Balderton, site of the new citadel are regional development officer for The Salvation Army, Mr Louis Warden, Captain Tim Justice, of Newark Salvation Army, and the chairman of Balderton Parish Council, Mrs Angela Jarvis.
The citadel, which replaces The Salvation Army’s former home on Albert Street, Newark, is being built next to Balderton Primary Care Centre, Lowfield Lane.
Captain Tim Justice, of Newark Salvation Army, said the two-storey building would offer more flexibility, allowing more than one group to use the citadel at a time.
“In some respects it is about being able to do things better in a more friendly environment,” Mr Justice said.
He said the site had a lot more parking, which was a big issue on Albert Street.
It is hoped a luncheon club, for elderly people, can be extended to two days a week. A community café and family fun evenings are being planned.
Mr Justice said: “The whole aim is about trying to bring the community together.”
The citadel, being built by Trent Valley Construction, has been paid for through the sale of the Albert Street site, fundraising, a loan, and £50,000 from Wren, which provides grants under the conditions of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The building work will be completed in the spring. A second phase costing a further £100,000 will be completed when money is secured.
This will be a youth centre on the first floor of one half of the building.
The Salvation Army has been leasing Hawtonville Community Centre since the Albert Street citadel closed. Mr Justice said they would wait and see whether they continued the lease after the new citadel was built.