A RUN-DOWN community centre in Pensnett is getting a £20,000 makeover.

The centre at Bromley Pensnett Primary School has been closed for five years after falling into a state of disrepair.

But thanks to a competition run by contractor Novus, it will be transformed into a learning hub for parents and children.

As part of its fifth birthday, the firm vowed to help five worthwhile community projects and out of the many worthy nominations received, Kevin Rhone, Novus' head of social value and customer service, said the school's application "really stood out".

He added: “The new centre will be of great benefit to the children, parents and carers in the area and will lay the foundations for success for future generations.”

A team of 10 will fully refurbish the building by installing a new roof, repairing and redecorating the interior and exterior, fitting new steps, replacing doors and flooring and installing a new kitchen.

Once completed the building will be renamed the Novus Learning Hub and provide a space where parents and carers can visit for support and advice.

The building will provide the facilities for parents to complete health checks and weigh-in sessions and attend breast feeding clinics.

It will also be a place where parents can leave their children to be looked after while they go to work during the summer holidays.

Helen Tomlinson, headteacher at Bromley Pensnett Primary School, added: “Our community currently lacks many of the services so vital to parents, carers and children at the school.

"This project from Novus will ensure we can really increase the scope of the help and support we can offer to those who need it most.

“Everyone at Bromley Pensnett Primary School is looking forward to seeing the completed project and extending our services to the community.”