Help build our new Community Centre – bang in the middle of Cottonmill!

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates for St Albans District Council

The Crowdfunder opens 11th November here Come and join us – be part of the journey – loads of great rewards for the community.

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We can’t believe it! It all began in 2018 with a chat about the lack of community and youth facilities in Cottonmill. Three years later…the work has begun at the Marlborough green space building 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

Open 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.

Building costs have recently increased, and the local community have been asked to help raise a total of £79k funds. 

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 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


Come and join us – we’d love you to get involved in this fantastic community project – and be part of the journey!

Visit our Crowdfunder – Crowdfunder goes live 11th November with fabulous rewards!

  • Help build the centre with your own specially named brick for you or your loved ones
  • Sponsor an outdoor bench, with your name/message engraved on it
  • Businesses! Sponsor one of the new halls – have your business name in lights for the next 10 years! Donate products/services for our Crowdfunding! Email us here
  • Get a personal invitation to the Cottonmill Community Centre Grand Opening Day in 2022
  • Obtain a Cottonmill T shirt, or special signed art print, or get your name listed as a #LoveWhereYouLive supporter on our Crowdfunding site

Image credit: Janet Audley Charles

Coming soon: Visit our crowdfunding website

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates for St Albans District Council