After the wonderful news came from the Big Lottery in October last year that the £500,000 bid had been successful, all of the legal requirements had to be put in place and tenders sent out to building contractors for the construction of the new Community Centre. In the meantime, another grant application was made to Gloucestershire Environmental Trust to install a ground source heat pump and solar panels. The application for £34,000 was also successful which will mean that the running costs of the building will be kept low.
The company who won the contract is Kilbury Construction , based in Gloucester, and on Wednesday 2nd July the contract for the project was signed. In the photo are Sharon Freeman, chair of the committee, and from Kilbury Construction, Tony Mulvihill and MD, Colin Westbury.
Work will begin on Monday July 14th and completion is expected to be in Spring 2015. In the tender documents we asked that the successful contractor would use local labour whenever possible and Kilbury have assured us that they will do so.
The construction site will be fenced and work will take place during week days from 7.30am to 5pm. The coming months will see many changes on the site and unfortunately some of the children’s play equipment will have to be removed and stored for the duration of the construction. Pedestrian access to the Skatepark and recreation ground will be by the entrance by the Health Centre and the woodland path off Tower Road. For Yorkley Football Club, vehicular access to the pitch and changing rooms will be as normal.
During this time it is hoped that people will come forward to help us apply for grants to build a much improved and exciting playground. This can only be done with the support of the parents and carers of the children who will want to use a great new playground .
Updates will be on our website and the Facebook page of the same name. To get involved or help in any way please contact me on 01594 562187 or Don Pugh on 01594 562909.”