One Knowsley at Court Hey Park courtyard One Knowsley p Jayne Moore Media

The courtyard building is part of Court Hey Park, which is near Junction 5 of the M62. Credit: via Jayne Moore Media

One Knowsley makes new home at Court Hey Park

The Huyton-based charitable company focused on supporting community, faith, and non-profit groups has taken 5,520 sq ft of space at the Courtyard building at Court Hey Park.

One Knowley secured the building through a community asset transfer from Knowsley Council. The transfer was supported by Livv Investment and Fusion 21 Foundation, with Morecrofts representing One Knowsley on the deal.

The transfer follows the completion of a nearly £500,000 refurbishment of the buildings at Court Hey Park by IED for the council. These included installing a new heating system, LED lighting, and roof solar panels.

By moving from its old home at Nutgrove Villa off Griffiths Road to Court Hey Park Courtyard, One Knowsley is able to reduce its annual energy use by 180,000 kilowatt hours.

The courtyard building sits within the broader Court Hey Park, situated off Roby Road and near Junction 5 of the M62.

One Knowsley has transformed the building into a community hub with an event room, studio, and classroom, as well as staff offices for One Knowsley. There will also be a café operated by Esposito’s, which also runs a café in Kirkby’s Mill Dam Park.

One Knowsley opening members p Jayne Moore Media

From left: Cllr Chris Bannon, Louise Gillespie (One Knowsley trustee), Paula Brown (Livv Investment), Cllr Graham Morgan (leader KMBC), Cllr Kevin Bannon, Racheal Jones (One Knowsley), Cllr Hugh Malone, Steve Macfarlane (trustee Michael Causer Foundation), Cllr Colin Dever, Gary Millar (patron Michael Causer Foundation), Jo Hannan (Fusion 21 Foundation), and John Lowe (Michael Causer Foundation) at the opening of One Knowsley’s office. Credit: via Jayne Moore Media

One Knowsley hopes that community, faith, and social enterprise organisations will use the courtyard space to collaborate in the future.

“To have Court Hey Park in our borough is a real asset, with thousands of Knowsley residents utilising the park and its facilities every year,” said Racheal Jones, chief executive of One Knowsley.

“Our aim now is to add to the park’s offering, by creating a vibrant hub, that can be used and enjoyed to increase our communities enjoyment of this wonderful space, including increasing the activities and events for local residents to benefit from and community events – including the yearly Knowsley Flower Show, which is set to return in August,” Jones continued.

“Meeting the needs of the wider sector we support and act as the trusted voice for, as well as our own employees – Court Hey Park’s Courtyard will bring so many incredible mental, physical, social, and economic benefits to the borough and we are proud to finally be able to call the courtyard home”.

Knowsley Council cabinet member for communities and neighbourhood Cllr Shelley Powell said: “A key priority for Knowsley Council is ensuring parks and green spaces across the borough provide good facilities and are well maintained for the benefit of the Knowsley community.

“We are delighted that One Knowsley shares our aspiration for Court Hey Park to create a vibrant hub offering a range of activities that promote social enterprise, community empowerment, and environmental stewardship.”

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