Residents celebrate opening of new community centre at Forge Wood

Friday 22nd September 2023

The opening of a new community centre at the Forge Wood development in Crawley, saw residents and their families come together and engage with local service providers and support networks.

The event, organised by Crawley Housing and the Management Company, celebrated the key role the new building would play within the development.

A fire safety demonstration from the West Sussex Fire and Rescue team, complete with fire engine, covered important topics of fire safety, promoting awareness of these issues within communal living areas such as apartment blocks.

Preim were in attendance to answer any questions residents had in relation to the management of their estate.

Children enjoyed free ice cream funded by Preim, and fun activities from Crawley Play Service and the Early Help organisation was on hand to offer help and support to residents with young families. Crawley Wellbeing provided health tips and advice to all those in attendance, too.

Residents also had the chance to meet their local policing team and build relationships with key members of the local force.

Sam Goold, Customer Account Manager for Preim, enjoyed the day. He said,

“The new community centre will be an important hub for residents, and it was great to celebrate its official opening with the wider community at Forge Wood. We’re grateful for those representatives from local services who attended on the day as residents really had a chance to engage with these key community support networks.”

Forge Wood is in the northeast of Crawley. When complete, the development will have up to 1,900 homes. The properties, being built by Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, are centred around community spaces, including a primary school, the new community centre, office and industrial space, retail space and parkland.