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City Of Surrey Wins 2011 Commercial Building Award

May 31, 2011

Surrey – Two City of Surrey projects were nominated for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s 2011 Commercial Building Awards on May 26, 2011.  The Newton Cultural Centre was named a finalist in the Commercial Renovation/Restoration category and the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre won in the Recreational category. 


“The transformation of decommissioned Fire Hall 10 into the Newton Cultural Centre was an innovative way to aid the growth of the arts in Surrey,” said Mayor Dianne Watts.  “The Chuck Bailey Rec Centre was an excellent facility for the 2010 Winter Olympics and now has a lasting impact on the families in our community.  This recognition highlights the efforts of numerous City staff and community partners and I am pleased to thank the Real Estate Board for this award.”


This is the inaugural year of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Commercial Building Awards.  They celebrate achievements of the best builders, contractors, developers and buildings in the region and recognised projects from across the Fraser Valley.


The Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre and the Newton Cultural Centre are two of the newest projects in the City’s Build Surrey Program.  This program has seen projects constructed in every town centre, ensuring the vibrancy of our community and providing the facilities necessary for Surrey’s continued, strong growth.


The Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre is located in Tom Binnie Park.  Originally built as a Games Preparation Centre for the 2010 Olympic volunteers, it is now a legacy building of the Winter Olympic Games.  Offering 20,000 square feet of recreational space for Surrey residents, its focus is on preschoolers, children, youth and family engagement. Its amenities include a gymnasium, multipurpose rooms, a preschooler room, a youth lounge and much more.


The Newton Cultural Centre was renovated from decommissioned Fire Hall #10 and provides a gallery for local visual artists, a black box studio for performing arts rehearsals, a large multi-purpose room for meetings and various offices and support spaces. The new centre is 6 times the size of the former Arts Council space.


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Tara Foslien

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