Thank-you for helping to build our new Community Centre – bang in the middle of Cottonmill!

NEW NEW UPDATE! We are holding a few ‘Open Times’ for people to come and look around the centre…times tbc..Cycling pump track is now open – use at your own risk! Community Centre is open for hire for the local community on Thurs 2nd June…..The St Albans Cycle Hub is due to open mid-June. WATCH THIS SPACE and see our Facebook page

YOU – the community – raised £30,881 from the Crowdfunder- way above the original target of £20k. Thank you to everyone who took part. The Crowdfunder is closed now but there are still opportunities for businesses/groups to contribute to go on the Honours Board, or even to ‘Name A Room’.

Altogether, the Cottonmill Centre fundraising group raised £79k (including the Crowdfunder) towards the project!

Individuals – if you would still like to support us, then keep an eye out for upcoming events or contact us via our contact page to find out more about how you can be involved.

We can’t believe it! It all began in 2018 with a chat about the lack of community and youth facilities in Cottonmill. Four years later…the building is going up at the Marlborough green space. It will be an eco-friendly Community Centre, together with St Alban’s flagship Cycling Hub and outdoor cycle activities – bang in the middle of Cottonmill – one of the most deprived areas in St Albans.

Community Engagement Opportunity for Businesses – Businesses who want to get involved or name a room please see here

See Sponsorship Page and Business Flyer here or email us here


What is this all about?

St Albans City and District Council has secured major funding for Cottonmill’s amazing new inclusive community centre with linked external cycling track/activities and flagship cycling hub.

The centre will be accessible for all local people to use and enjoy. Facilities and activities will benefit all of Sopwell and St Albans district.

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates for St Albans District Council

  • Small and large halls for hire
  • Community café
  • Community Kitchen
  • Quiet room for peace and reflection/dementia-friendly/health and wellbeing.
  • Cycling activities for all ages/abilities – Cyclocross + BMX tracks + all-ability bikes
  • Cycling Hub – workshops/repair & more
  • Disabled access and facilities
  • Wudu washing facilities
  • Environmentally sympathetic build

Image credit: Verulam Cycling Club

The plan is to complete the new building at the former Marlborough Pavilion site, off Old Oak, Cottonmill Lane AL1, in 2022.

Who are the fund-raising group?

The fund raising group are the Cottonmill and Sopwell Hub Campaign, Verulam Cycling Club and Sopwell Community Trust

Together we are working to raise money through grants and the generosity of local people with our Cottonmill Community and Cycling Centre Fundraising project. We have until March 2022. 

Photo by Sopwell Community Trust


Coming soon: Visit our crowdfunding website

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates for St Albans District Council