DRAFT designs for a new Mirfield community centre have been revealed.

The multi-purpose centre will be built on the site of Gilder Hall at Greenside.

Finishing touches are being put to the design and the Gilder Hall Project Committee (GHPC), which is behind the project, says it has something for everyone.

The two-storey building will have an indoor multi-purpose sports and events hall and a kitchen which can cater for 300 people.

The kitchen will be next to a social area, where people can drop in during the day or evening to get food and drinks.

There will be a suite of computers for general use, a TV lounge, a games room and an education centre.

There will also be an all-weather pitch outside, plus a smaller all- weather training ground, a skateboarding area, a play area, a large area for social events and a car park.

Gilder Hall - a former malt kiln with three acres of land - was originally donated for use by Mirfield boys who had lost their fathers in the First World War.

It was left in trust by Mirfield spinster Annie Robinson in 1923.

But since a fire eight years ago, the hall has not been used.

Several years ago, the GHPC decided to turn it into a community facility and began fundraising for the £1.5m project.

The committee's efforts were helped by Mirfield-born Hollywood star Patrick Stewart.

The Star Trek actor attended youth events at Gilder Hall as a boy in the 1950s.

He held an `audience with'-style event at Dewsbury Town Hall last April to boost appeal funds.

To help with future costs, the GHPC has now applied for a grant from Active England, an investment programme run by Sport England and the Government's New Opportunities Fund.

As well as financial hurdles, the GHPC faced problems with planning permission.

There were lengthy delays in getting permission because the land was earmarked for residential development.

Kirklees Council had to appeal to the Government for Mirfield's Unitary Development Plan to be changed to accommodate the new centre.

Now the centre's opening day is in sight and the GHPC have one final hurdle to clear.

It must put together a community trust to run the centre.

Discussions held over the past two years have laid the foundations for the way the trust will operate.

There will be a board of trustees made up of members from the GHPC, Mirfield Community Centre and Gearstones Lodge.

Geoff Walls, project administrator, said the GHPC had done the hard work and it was time for the community to support the new centre.

He said: "To make it financially viable, we have to ensure it will be used all of the time.

"We have considered everyone who may want to use it when designing the building.

"It's now time for the entire community to become involved."