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The Paddocks Centre Renovation

Following a Cabinet meeting in December 2023, Councillors agreed to invest £1.5m in renovating The Paddocks Community Centre on Canvey Island.

The closure is to enable essential renovation work to take place which will ensure the centre remains open to users for years to come and will include improvements to both the interior and exterior as well as upgrading electrics, heating, lighting and ventilation systems.

It is anticipated that the centre will open its doors again in late September 2024. Until that time current users are being offered alternative provision at other Castle Point Borough Council facilities.



March - April 2024

Roof works at the Paddocks

Work includes:

  • Scaffold completion to allow commencement of the roofing works
  • Commencement of roof replacement
  • Asbestos removal works
  • M & E removal works and commencement of 1st fix Items.
  • Floor repairs to w/c areas.
  • Removal of all ceiling grids and ductwork to main hall area
  • Removal of asbestos ceilings to main hall and stage area.
  • Removal of all stage lighting and curtains to facilitate asbestos removal.
  • Upgrade to security onsite, including security cameras, alarms and floodlights all monitored outside of site hours.

Scaffolding in the Paddocks


26 February 2024

Work commences on soft strip demo works to toilets, stage areas and bar areas, ductwork removal to roof, M & E investigation, isolation & disconnection ready for asbestos works.

Building works at the Paddocks


19 February 2024

Castle Point Borough Council Councillors and Friends of The Paddocks group members met with contractors to officially hand the keys over.

Cllr Dave Blackwell, Leader of Castle Point Borough Council, said:

“Renovations to The Paddocks Community Centre have been long overdue, so we welcome the start of these works. Our residents deserve to have a local centre that can serve the community well and we believe this investment will ensure that The Paddocks remains an important asset for the Borough for the future.”

Paddocks meetup

Matthew Smith, Associate Building Surveying at Concertus stated:

“This is an exciting project for Concertus, working in collaboration with Castle Point Council and SEH French to deliver a significant refurbishment project. The refurbishment scope identified as part of condition improvement plans has been a positive approach. The work completed to date by the teams to get to this point has enabled the Council to make informed decisions on their approach and ultimately a decision on how to progress the project.

"The project works to be undertaken will make a positive change to both the building fabric and energy performance of the building. We are excited to see the project commence and look forward to seeing the completed works at the end of the project.”


14 February 2024

Fencing and scaffolding erected.

Paddocks scaffolding


18 January 2024

Closure announced for 10 February until late September 2024 while works are underway.


20 December 2023

Funding increase to £1.5m agreed by Councillors at Cabinet meeting.