Covid-19 Coronavirus emergency – Our contractors, Cheesmur Building Contractors have been working within the protocols and directives given by Government and Public Health England.
After a short closure at the beginning of ‘lock-down’ work recommenced at the Centre, although progress is limited by the reduced availability of supplies which affects the construction industry, and the need to maintain appropriate distancing on-site.
The contractors have maintained steady progress, and the first of five bore holes which will house the ground-source heat pump are complete and can be seen to the Western side of the building. Internally, construction of walls is almost complete, as is some of the ‘first-fix’ plumbing and electrical work.
It is not possible to predict accurately a completion date, but the signs are that reconstruction may be finished by late October. Once building works are complete there will follow a period of finishing and re-equipping, before the Centre can re-open. Council is shortly to consider revised options for future management of the Centre, in the light of Covid-19’s effects.
New lease of life for Community Centre…
Work began on 16th March on the long-awaited refurbishment of one of the town’s best-loved community halls. Malling (Bridgeview) Community Centre was built in the early 1970’s and has been used by a host of clubs; societies, sports clubs and the local community but it is in desperate need of modernization. Local builders Cheesmurs Ltd won the contract from the Council to carry out a complete refurbishment that will include a state-of-the-art ground source heat pump system and photovoltaic panels to provide environment-friendly heating and power; completely new electrical wiring and plumbing, and an improved room layout that will offer, among other benefits, more flexible spaces and a small café/bar and terrace.
The Town Council has worked on this project with partners Malling Community Association, for some years. It was delayed for a number of unrelated reasons but that delay has, coincidentally, allowed a more extensive job to be done.
The café and terrace will allow users and spectators of all pitches and other facilities within the Recreation Ground to have a relaxing drink or snack following events. Public consultation highlighted the desire for the café and terrace, and it should provide an attractive midway stopoff for those who exercise in the Rec and local area (at whatever pace!), and a meeting point for spectators and users of the sports pitches, children’s play area and skate park.
The improvements to the Centre are part of a wider plan to improve recreation facilities in Malling Recreation Ground and the Pells, ahead of planned developments at North Street Quarter and Malling Old Farm.