HOPE dining room

HOPE dining room brings a whole new experience

March 27, 2015 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace revealed a whole new culinary experience as part of ongoing upgrades to the Peace Centre building with the opening of the HOPE dining room.

A delegation from Northern Ireland visited Warrington as part of reconciliation and peace building and were the first to eat in the new HOPE dining room.

The upgrade of the room has been a rapid and challenging project managed by the centre’s manager, Karen McManus. The design is by Colette Tritschler, who has volunteered her time and expertise in-between caring for her growing family.  Colette and Karen led a consultation and research exercise to find the most contemporary designs, select materials and implement the changes, whilst the catering facility continued to operate.  The work was undertake to a tight schedule to coincide with the anniversary of the Warrington bombing and to impress our guests from Northern Ireland.

“…Food is our common ground, a universal experience…”

The renovations were led by our building maintenance handyman, Mike O’Hara, who worked a huge amount of hours alongside Colette and other volunteers, such as her father, and the results were revealed at a dinner on Tuesday 24th March.  Mike was also the ideas man behind the name HOPE which is inspiring and totally in fitting with the building.

The project would not have been possible without the support of household brand name DULUX who donated the paint. Our thanks to Keith Rowland the area manager for Dulux Akzo Nobel who kindly coordinated this.

The centre piece is a stunning signage installation with counter facias upgraded with new colourings, a whole new paint design and exceptional fixtures and fittings bringing about a new contemporary feel.  A brand new floor has transformed the previous ‘refectory’ feel and amazing black and white photos, demonstrating our work, are mounted throughout.  The small touches are evident as part of the HOPE experience and the final piece of the jigsaw is to now install new furnishings.

Work is continuing to upgrade other aspects throughout the Centre supported by many organisations including John Lewis and Halo.  Anybody who wants to be involved should contact us.

And we are open for business for Centre bookings with all proceeds going to the Centre.  Please feel free to contact us to view the facilities including the HOPE cafe.  Our thanks to Colette and Mike for all the work and inspiring HOPE.