Hanover Community Centre

9Hanover Community Centre
33 Southover Street, BN2 9UD

In recent years, Hanover Community Centre has become a hub for education about energy saving measures via Hanover 10:10, part of a wider community group Hanover Action for Sustainable Living (HASL).
The Centre itself is a former school, built around 1870 as a church like structure, with massive brick walls, high ceilings and a vaulted timber framed roof. This poses challenges in heating, with heavy losses via the solid walls, uninsulated roof, and large window areas.

Acting on a detailed energy audit, a plan has been drawn up to address these issues. Volunteers have already installed cheap secondary double glazing, draughtproofing and fitted part loft insulation. Lighting is being converted to low energy lamps and a new highly insulated ceiling has been fitted in the upper hall.

This is a work in progress and further measures are planned, subject to funding, to make the hall progressively more efficient and reduce its carbon emissions.


Buses 23 to ‘Pepper Pot’ in Queens Park Road – or 37b up Southover Street (hourly and not Sundays).
Train Brighton (1km)


electric meter


  • + Draughtproofing
  • + Energy monitoring
  • + LED lighting
  • + Low water goods
  • + Lowered and highly
  • + insulated ceiling for upper hall
  • + Secondary double glazing (low cost)

Further information

Case study pdf