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A Bigger Athenaeum?
Youth Club Merger Proposals
The Trustees of The Athenaeum are currently negotiating a Community Asset Transfer of the neighbouring property known as The Youth Centre from Wiltshire Council to expand the Athenaeum Centre.
The current negotiations are for a transfer of the freehold of all of the ‘Youth Centre’ land and building, with a lease of the ground floor back to Wiltshire Council for use by WAVE group - ‘Warminster Adults Valuing Everyone’ and the remaining space can be used for Athenaeum purposes.

Why is this a good idea?
The Athenaeum continues to thrive and we have outgrown many areas of the building. For some time we have been aware that we are in need of better theatre facilities; wardrobe and props storage, rehearsal space, scenery storage, construction space, crew parking and vehicle access to the stage. Not all of these wishes can be met fully by taking over space next door, but it will certainly help. The freehold transfer would be mostly free of charge.

How will the extra space be used by the Athenaeum?
In the short term the dance studio on the first floor could be used for rehearsals and classes. The function room could be used for events and meetings. The recreation room could beadapted to take our large costume stores. Ownership of the yard parking area would give better access for stage crew, and give space to realise our long term plans to redevelop the rear of the building with new dressing rooms, workshop and scenery bay.

What are the risks?
As with any expansion, the challenge is to make it pay and not be a liability. We are working to negotiate the best terms possible to lessen any financial burden on the Centre.

At this stage we do not have a survey of the condition of the building, its roofs or services. We need to be certain that we take on a sound and water-tight building. Alteration works will be needed to combine the services and fabric of the two buildings, for which there is a financial cost. We have some grant funding in place to go towards this.