Why did we need a new Community Centre?
The previous Church hall at Le Guet served the Castel community well for over 60 years. However, the building was not suitable for the needs of today. The hall was cold in the winter months and the cost of maintaining the building was gradually increasing.
What we needed was a new facility that is better suited to our island community’s needs. A flexible space that can easily adapt to the demands of today and into the future.
In the early 20th century, the land on which the new Cobo Community Centre will stand was conveyed to the Trustees of St Matthew’s Church by the then Lord de Saumarez. Times move on and the current Lord de Saumarez is very supportive of the new Community Centre project.
Who is behind the project?
A company, limited by guarantee, was formed to run the project. The current board members are as listed on our Contact page.
The board were joined by a team of professionals who have given their services free of charge. Their areas of expertise included business, legal, financial, accounting and marketing. The team comprised of Mr Geoff Norman, Mr Jeff Kitts, Mr Colin Whalley, Mr Chris Day, Mr Eddie Jones, Advocate Peter Atkinson and Mr Ged Kelly.
The following professionals were also engaged to provide additional expertise:
• Mr Andrew Male, Architect – Lovell Ozanne & Partners Ltd
• Mr Ken Morrison, Quantity Surveyor – WT Partnership Guernsey Ltd
• Mr Bob Farrell, Mechanical & Electrical Consultant – Channel Design Consultants Ltd
• Mr Andy Madden, Structural Engineer – Dorey Lyle and Ashman Ltd
The project was put out to competitive tender and J.W. Rihoy & Son Limited were appointed as the preferred contractor.