IT HAS taken more than five years of fundraising and a lot of hard work.
Now Crosland Moor Scouts’ new headquarters is starting to take shape on Moorside Avenue.
After the emotional demolition of the previous headquarters last October the building which will be known as Crosland Moor Scout Centre is due for completion at the end of November.
The £450,000, environmentally friendly building will include a large amount of insulation for energy efficiency, under-floor water heating powered by solar panels on the roof and skylight windows to ensure minimal use of electric lighting.
The centre will house a large hall, a resource room, plenty of storage space and a meeting room. There will also be a decked garden area.
All of the 80-strong Scout group, including its youngest members, were involved in designing the new building and had the opportunity to have their say on what they wanted.
Project coordinator Geoff Ellis said members of the local community were also consulted about the project and he said the response was positive.
He added: “Community groups will be able to use the centre alongside the Scouts because there will be facilities for up to two groups to meet at the same time.
“Kirklees Council’s Youth Service also plans to hold a youth club in the building to help occupy local youngsters.”
Mr Ellis also said the building would help the group to grow and attract more young people to it.
Assistant Group Scout Leader Christina Smith said: “We’re looking forward to the new building. A phenomenal amount of work has gone into raising the funds for it, but everyone has pitched in.”
Money for the building came from a £300,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund and £100,000 from Kirklees Council, as well as £46,000 from Biffa waste disposal group.
The Scouts also held fundraising events themselves, including raising more than £500 by filling milk bottles with loose change to save as much money as possible.