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Wayfinding Tender

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Our Big Project
13th April 2021
Invitation to Tender
Wayfinding and Interpretation: Exeter Community Centre

In 2019 Exeter Community Centre Trust (a community-based registered charity working from a Grade 11 listed building in St David’s neighbourhood in Exeter), was awarded funding by National Lottery Heritage Fund to refurbish the derelict top floor of Exeter Community Centre to bring it back into community use. The project is called ‘Our Big Project’.

Key elements of the project are to:
  • Provide interpretation of a large, brick building – a former Victorian Institute for the Blind - and its surrounding St David’s neighbourhood, with maps and hotspots so that visitors to the Centre and the local community can understand and value its rich heritage
  • Design materials to promote the route and key features of a St David’s Trail around the local St David’s neighbourhood
  • Design and provide signage outside and inside the 4 floors of what has been described as a ‘rabbit warren’ of a building in order that it will be more accessible to all visitors and particularly those who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Design and supply structure and materials for a micro-site, linked to Exeter Community Centre Trust’s website, in which the archive of heritage research already conducted by Community Centre volunteers can be stored and retrieved online and via an interactive touchscreen in the Centre building.

Exeter Community Centre Trust invites priced proposals from suitably qualified and experienced designers based on the Specification below. Please provide costings for each of the items listed. Please title your proposal ‘’Our Big Project: Wayfinding and Interpretation Proposal’.

Proposals should be submitted by 3 May 2021. Proposed contract start date 24 May 2021 to be finalised by November 2021
Guide Price for this contract is £25,000.

Exeter Community Centre Trust welcomes prior discussion on any of the elements of the Specification. Please download the brief for contact information as the Centre is currently closed due to Covid 19 regulations.
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Covid19 Diaries

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BBC Radio
8th April 2020
Covid19 Diaries
Listen to our BBC Radio Devon Interview
If you would like to contribute to our unique diary and record of everyday life as it’s lived during the current crisis then visit our Facebook page to contribute your observations or anecdotes. They can be serious or amusing, ‘Dear Diary’ entries, songs, poems, short stories, photographs, videos, paintings, even social media Memes, in fact anything, that might show a future generation how people coped on an everyday level. Look up our Facebook diary - Exeter ‘Coronavirus Community Diaries’ 2020 or you can send contributions via the contact us page on this website.
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Open Day Event

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Open Day Event
7th September 2019
Open Day Event
The open day provided an opportunity for people to come along and enjoy a free taster of some of the great activities on offer in the centre. Yoga, reflexology, pottery, meditation, martial arts — or even signing up to learn a language! It was a family friendly occasion with a space dome, quizzes and prizes.
The Mulberry Tree Cafe was open from 9:30am serving breakfast pastries, coffees, cold drinks and homemade cakes. At 11:30 they fired up a pizza oven in the Mulberry Garden and we enjoyed delicious freshly baked sourdough pizzas! Some took part in the pizza workshop. The Explorer Space Dome ran fascinating 45 minute shows throughout the event and thoroughly enjoyed by all ages some as young as 5!

Across to St David’s

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Across to St David’s
8th February 2019
Across to St David’s
An anonymous donation from a local resident in the Neighbourhood has enabled us to buy this great painting of the Neighbourhood - titled 'Across to St David’s' by local artist Jane Cope. Can you pick out the community centre location on the painting, or perhaps the street where you live? We are also selling images of the painting as greeting cards to benefit the local community.
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Top Floor Development

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Top Floor Development
3rd January 2019
Top Floor Development
The photo to the left shows one of the large unused spaces on the top floor where we conducted building tests during the recent Heritage Lottery funded round 1 phase of the development. This phase has now been successfully completed and recent months have been spent submitting our round 2 application to the Heritage Fund and applications to other organisations as part of our fundraising programme.
arrow  Project Overview Document

Press Release

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Heritage Project
4th July 2018
St David’s community kickstarts ambitious heritage project
An ambitious community project in St David’s has received a boost after securing support from the National Lottery Fund and funding from Exeter City Council. Exeter Community Centre Trust and the St David’s Neighbourhood Partnership are working together to bring the currently derelict top floor of the Community Centre, by the Iron Bridge on St David’s Hill, back into community use. The project is also inviting the local community to help plan how to celebrate the local area’s unique heritage, which has the much loved Centre at its heart.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project has been awarded initial support* and development funding of £34,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This will enable the project plans to be developed and an application for the full grant of £333,700 will be applied for at a later date.....
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Story Telling Bench

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Story-Telling Bench
18 April 2014
'THE STORY-TELLING BENCH' in the garden at Exeter Community Centre had a very special visitor on Good Friday when Michael Morpurgo, the former Children's Laureate, 'launched' the beautifully carved oak Story-Telling Bench by reading 'All I Said Was' to children and guests in The Mulberry Garden. And children from St David's Primary School 'Green Team', perched together on the bench, read their mystery story, written by Charlotte Lacy, about a girl who wakes up to find herself alone in the house, her parents gone, and behind the curtains no windows, just brick walls. What would happen next?
Congratulating the trustees and volunteers who, with funding from Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and the Social Investment Business, have turned a huge dilapidated building into a well-appointed community hub, Michael Morpurgo said the garden was a delight.
Michael Morpurgo and his wife, Clare, have their charity's offices, 'Farms for City Children', in the Community Centre.
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Garden Project Grant

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The Garden
18th July 2012
Exeter Community Centre is one of the first 3 city organisations to be awarded a grant from Exeter City Council's New Homes Bonus scheme. The award of £50,000 is towards the £71,000 needed to completely recreate the garden at the rear of the Community Centre to provide a safe and secure green space with full disabled access, an outdoor Cafe patio, lighting for pathways, and artwork. Commenting on the awards, Hannah Reynolds (Chair of centre trustees) said: 'We are absolutely delighted to have support for this vital element of the Exeter Community Centre refurbishment project. The whole garden is about 80,000 sq ft and it is a major challenge to change the steep levels to create good access to all parts of this important community space. We expect the earthworks to be completed by the end of the year and new planting to start in the early Spring. Careful work is being undertaken to reinvigorate our ancient Mulberry Tree which is a significant historic feature in the neighbourhood.'
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Centre Now Open

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Now Open
1st June 2012
The Exeter Community Centre re-opens! Following the completion of a major refurbishment, we are now taking bookings for sessional space. Be part of the centre's bright new future. Book now !
Rooms for hire - suitable for conferences, meetings, clubs, societies and children's birthday parties - large, medium or small - we have a variety of space to choose from. Most with disability and pram access.
We have long term office space for voluntary/community groups and social enterprises.
The Mulberry Tree Cafe will be providing coffee and light refreshments - whether you are using the centre or just want to stop by.

News

spacespace
Our Big Project Invitation to Tender
13th April 2021
Wayfinding and Interpretation: Exeter Community Centre
In 2019 Exeter Community Centre Trust (a community-based registered charity working from a Grade 11 listed building in St David’s neighbourhood in Exeter), was awarded funding by National Lottery Heritage Fund to refurbish the derelict top floor of Exeter Community Centre to bring it back into community use. The project is called ‘Our Big Project’.

Key elements of the project are to:
  • Provide interpretation of a large, brick building – a former Victorian Institute for the Blind - and its surrounding St David’s neighbourhood, with maps and hotspots so that visitors to the Centre and the local community can understand and value its rich heritage
  • Design materials to promote the route and key features of a St David’s Trail around the local St David’s neighbourhood
  • Design and provide signage outside and inside the 4 floors of what has been described as a ‘rabbit warren’ of a building in order that it will be more accessible to all visitors and particularly those who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Design and supply structure and materials for a micro-site, linked to Exeter Community Centre Trust’s website, in which the archive of heritage research already conducted by Community Centre volunteers can be stored and retrieved online and via an interactive touchscreen in the Centre building.

Exeter Community Centre Trust invites priced proposals from suitably qualified and experienced designers based on the Specification below. Please provide costings for each of the items listed. Please title your proposal ‘’Our Big Project: Wayfinding and Interpretation Proposal’.

Proposals should be submitted by 3 May 2021. Proposed contract start date 24 May 2021 to be finalised by November 2021
Guide Price for this contract is £25,000.

Exeter Community Centre Trust welcomes prior discussion on any of the elements of the Specification. Please download the brief for contact information as the Centre is currently closed due to Covid 19 regulations.
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Covid19 Diaries
8th April 2020
Listen to our BBC Radio Devon Interview
If you would like to contribute to our unique diary and record of everyday life as it’s lived during the current crisis then visit our Facebook page to contribute your observations or anecdotes. They can be serious or amusing, ‘Dear Diary’ entries, songs, poems, short stories, photographs, videos, paintings, even social media Memes, in fact anything, that might show a future generation how people coped on an everyday level. Look up our Facebook diary - Exeter ‘Coronavirus Community Diaries’ 2020 or you can send contributions via the contact us page on this website.
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Open Day Event
7th September 2019
The open day provided an opportunity for people to come along and enjoy a free taster of some of the great activities on offer in the centre. Yoga, reflexology, pottery, meditation, martial arts — or even signing up to learn a language! It was a family friendly occasion with a space dome, quizzes and prizes.

The Mulberry Tree Cafe was open from 9:30am serving breakfast pastries, coffees, cold drinks and homemade cakes. At 11:30 they fired up a pizza oven in the Mulberry Garden and we enjoyed delicious freshly baked sourdough pizzas! Some took part in the pizza workshop. The Explorer Space Dome ran fascinating 45 minute shows throughout the event and thoroughly enjoyed by all ages some as young as 5!
space
Across to St David’s
8th February 2019
An anonymous donation from a local resident in the Neighbourhood has enabled us to buy this great painting of the Neighbourhood - titled 'Across to St David’s' by local artist Jane Cope. Can you pick out the community centre location on the painting, or perhaps the street where you live? We are also selling images of the painting as greeting cards to benefit the local community.
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Top Floor Development
3rd January 2019
The photo to the left shows one of the large unused spaces on the top floor where we conducted building tests during the recent Heritage Lottery funded round 1 phase of the development. This phase has now been successfully completed and recent months have been spent submitting our round 2 application to the Heritage Fund and applications to other organisations as part of our fundraising programme.
arrow  Project Overview Document
space
Heritage Project
4th July 2018
St David’s community kickstarts ambitious heritage project
An ambitious community project in St David’s has received a boost after securing support from the National Lottery Fund and funding from Exeter City Council. Exeter Community Centre Trust and the St David’s Neighbourhood Partnership are working together to bring the currently derelict top floor of the Community Centre, by the Iron Bridge on St David’s Hill, back into community use. The project is also inviting the local community to help plan how to celebrate the local area’s unique heritage, which has the much loved Centre at its heart.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project has been awarded initial support* and development funding of £34,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This will enable the project plans to be developed and an application for the full grant of £333,700 will be applied for at a later date.....
arrow  Full Press Release
arrow  Project Overview Document
space
Story Telling Bench
18 April 2014
'THE STORY-TELLING BENCH' in the garden at Exeter Community Centre had a very special visitor on Good Friday when Michael Morpurgo, the former Children's Laureate, 'launched' the beautifully carved oak Story-Telling Bench by reading 'All I Said Was' to children and guests in The Mulberry Garden. And children from St David's Primary School 'Green Team', perched together on the bench, read their mystery story, written by Charlotte Lacy, about a girl who wakes up to find herself alone in the house, her parents gone, and behind the curtains no windows, just brick walls. What would happen next?
Congratulating the trustees and volunteers who, with funding from Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and the Social Investment Business, have turned a huge dilapidated building into a well-appointed community hub, Michael Morpurgo said the garden was a delight.
Michael Morpurgo and his wife, Clare, have their charity's offices, 'Farms for City Children', in the Community Centre.
arrow Read more
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Garden Project Grant
18th July 2012
Exeter Community Centre is one of the first 3 city organisations to be awarded a grant from Exeter City Council's New Homes Bonus scheme. The award of £50,000 is towards the £71,000 needed to completely recreate the garden at the rear of the Community Centre to provide a safe and secure green space with full disabled access, an outdoor Cafe patio, lighting for pathways, and artwork. Commenting on the awards, Hannah Reynolds (Chair of centre trustees) said: 'We are absolutely delighted to have support for this vital element of the Exeter Community Centre refurbishment project. The whole garden is about 80,000 sq ft and it is a major challenge to change the steep levels to create good access to all parts of this important community space. We expect the earthworks to be completed by the end of the year and new planting to start in the early Spring. Careful work is being undertaken to reinvigorate our ancient Mulberry Tree which is a significant historic feature in the neighbourhood.'
arrow Express & Echo Article   |   Garden Plan
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Centre Now Open!
1st June 2012
The Exeter Community Centre re-opens ! Following the completion of a major refurbishment, we are now taking bookings for sessional space. Be part of the centre's bright new future. Book now !
Rooms for hire - suitable for conferences, meetings, clubs, societies and children's birthday parties - large, medium or small - we have a variety of space to choose from. Most with disability and pram access.
We have long term office space for voluntary/community groups and social enterprises.
The Mulberry Tree Cafe will be providing coffee and light refreshments - whether you are using the centre or just want to stop by.