Development of ‘the Exchange’ at Sturminster Newton

In December 2007, a new £2.6 million community centre was opened in Sturminster Newton, Dorset; £900,000 of those funds were secured by Wessex Partnerships.

After declining fortunes for the town, Sturminster Newton needed a new focus for the community. Wessex Partnerships was brought in to work with the local community partnership, SturQuest, with managing this project and winning extra funds.

WPL reviewed the original business plan to enable a financially sustainable and affordable building to be constructed. WPL managed the extremely complex development stage of the project to get to the build phase, co-ordinated the input of external professionals, prepared the funding applications and helped to ensure that opinions of all involved were heard.

In addition, WPL provided SturQuest with extensive help in local community engagement for this project as well as legal assistance in establishing the project operator. Thanks to careful financial and project management, the construction was completed within budget and on time.

Our customers were positive, as ever:
“Many thanks for the enormous contribution to which you made to this project… one of the clear lessons from this project is to get professional advice in at an early stage, and your involvement has been a good example of that”.
Hugh de Iongh, Community Development Worker

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