Work begins on new bedroom wing at High Leigh

August 2019


Work has begun on a £3.5 million project to develop facilities at our High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The Mayor of Hoddesdon, Cllr Steve Wortley, carried out a turf cutting and ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction work.

The High Leigh Team at the new construction site

Some of the High Leigh team at the “Ground breaking event” to mark the start of the construction work

The package of improvements will include the construction of a new accommodation wing featuring 38 bedrooms, including two accessible rooms, bringing the total number of bedrooms with en-suite facilities at the centre to 168.

John Heasman, chief executive of CCT said: “We want our Christian values to make our conference venues distinctive throughout the UK. Our aim is to serve Christian organisations to promote the Christian faith through residential ministry by enabling people to gather together for conferences and retreats.

 “We are delighted to mark the start of our latest investment at High Leigh, which further demonstrates our commitment to make the experience better and better for our conference guests.”

Revd Dr Rachel Pennant, Mayor of Hoddesdon Steve Wortley, Chair of trustees Michael Page and Chief Executive John Heasman

(Left to right) local vicar Revd Dr Rachel Pennant, Mayor of Hoddesdon Steve Wortley, Chair of trustees Michael Page and Chief Executive John Heasman

The vicar of Hoddesdon, Revd Dr Rachel Pennant, read from Psalm 121 and prayed for the safety of everyone working on the new building, asking for God’s blessing on these new facilities.

Cllr Wortley said: “As many of us know, Hoddesdon has been on the map since the Domesday Book nearly two thousand years ago. Today it is still a well-known place, not least because of events that take place at the High Leigh Conference Centre.

“The equipment, the catering, the facilities and levels of service are all of the highest standard. Over the years there has been much building, rebuilding and refurbishing and today marks the start of the latest chapter in High Leigh’s continuing story.”

Each year more than 25,000 people spend between a day and a week at High Leigh. Principally used by Christian organisations, the magnificent venue also attracts many others including small local businesses, large national companies, various NHS organisations, local authorities, as well as charities, schools and other public bodies.

Cllr Wortley added: “CCT’s ambition has been to offer en-suite facilities in all bedrooms available at High Leigh. This investment of well over three million pounds will finally mean that ambition is can be realised.”

Chair of the trustees of Christian Conference Trust, Revd Michael Page, said: “One of the values that we hold at CCT is that we should be a good citizen in the communities where we operate.

“We want to provide employment for people who live locally; we want to buy produce and services from local companies when we can; we want to make our facilities available to local community groups and organisations, either free of charge or at discounted prices, wherever possible.

The new generously sized bedrooms can be easily adapted for individual use, shared use or for families. The energy efficient building will feature solar panels and air-source heat pumps. The bedrooms will complement existing facilities which includes 16 meeting rooms, three large halls and three medium halls all equipped with up-to-date digital facilities including high speed Wi-Fi. The centre is set in a 40-acre country park close to Hoddesdon town centre, easily accessible from London and the northern Home Counties.

Barnes Construction, a family owned business, will carry out the work which is scheduled for completion next June.

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