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Mayor opens brand new Beeston community centre

The 3,200-square foot community centre, which was built by the housebuilder as part of its Beeston Quarter development, has been officially named The Plessey Centre.

The ceremonial unveiling of the Plessey Centre was conducted by The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Teresa Cullen, who is also the Chair of Beeston Rylands Community Association. The official opening marks a chapter in the community’s development.

SGB 6889 The Directors at Barratt Homes handing over a donation to representatives from Beeston Rylands Community Association scaled
The Directors at Barratt Homes handing over a donation to representatives from Beeston Rylands Community Association

In her speech, Councillor Teresa Cullen said: “Local people may remember that eight years ago, Beeston Rylands Community Association campaigned to retain the old Plessey Centre, unsuccessfully. However, thanks to the help of Barratt Homes, we now have a brand new, state-of-the-art centre which I’m extremely happy and very excited to receive the keys for.”

SGB 6860 Cllr Teresa Cullen BRCA receiving the keys to the Plessey Centre from Mark Cotes MD at Barratt Homes
Cllr Teresa Cullen (BRCA) receiving the keys to the Plessey Centre from Mark Cotes (MD at Barratt Homes)

During the unveiling of the centre, Barratt Homes presented Beeston Rylands Community Association with a donation of £5,000, which was made via its Barratt Developments Plc Charitable Foundation.

The BRCA will oversee the centre’s day-to-day operations to ensure it remains a vibrant and inclusive space for the entire community.

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Amanda-Claire Millington, Community Development Worker at Beeston Rylands Community Association, said: “The team at BRCA are excited to have the responsibility of managing this wonderful new centre on behalf of the Beeston Rylands residents.

“We will do this with the help and involvement of local people to make the Plessey Centre a fantastic community space for all.

“Now, we begin the next phase of furnishing and preparing the centre for opening to the public, and the generous donation from Barratt Homes will help us to do this.

“At BRCA, our hopes and expectations are that we will have a full sustainable programme of events and activities that exceed the needs of our diverse community.”

The BRCA is renowned for its dedication to improving the lives of local residents, and its partnership with Barratt Homes is a testament to their shared vision for an empowered and connected Beeston.


Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “At Barratt Homes, we pride ourselves in our commitment to the local community.

“We’re very proud to have created a fantastic multicultural community in the time we’ve been building new homes at Beeston Quarter. At the development, we will be delivering 310 houses and we’ve now sold just over 200 homes.

“We are thrilled to have officially handed over the keys of the Plessey Centre to BRCA, and we have every confidence that it will serve as a valuable community asset for years to come.”

Located on 27 Marconi Drive, the Plessey Centre is set to provide a versatile hub

that will cater to the needs and interests of various community groups. The jewel in the crown is the club hall, a spacious and well-equipped area that can accommodate large gatherings, events, and recreational activities.


Whether it’s art workshops, fitness classes, local meetings, or celebrations, the Plessey Centre is poised to be the go-to venue for all kinds of community engagements.

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