Project partners on a £1.5 million rehabilitation centre in Leicestershire designed for those who have suffered life-changing sporting injuries gathered on site last week to celebrate the start of internal works on the pioneering scheme.
The Get Busy Living Centre near Melton Mowbray, the brainchild of the Matt Hampson Foundation, will see the site of a former aircraft hangar, located on the Burrough Court estate, transformed into a start-of-the-art facility for those who have suffered life-changing injury through sport, like Hampson himself in 2005.
The facility will be a home for injured athletes where they can spend time with their families and build relationships with others in similar situations. It will also offer services such as physical rehabilitation and house specialist rehabilitation and gym equipment for beneficiaries of the facility.
Matt Hampson, a former England Under-21 and Leicester Tigers prop, suffered a life-changing accident during a training session in 2005 and set up the foundation to offer support and assistance to those who have had similar life-changing events.
He said: “This project has been several years in the making and to see the building take form and know we are just a few months away from opening the doors to our beneficiaries is very special to both me and the team.
“We could not have reached this stage without the hard work and generosity of our project partners and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to those involved so far, as well as those who have pledged their support in the next stages of this revolutionary build”.
The project is being delivered by a number of local partners, many of which are offering their time, services, materials and expertise for free, including:
- Main contractor: Willmott Dixon
- Professional services firm: MDA Consulting
- Architects: Corporate Architecture and CPMG
- Engineering consultants: Couch Perry Wilkes, Salus, Derry Building Services and BSP Consulting
- PR and marketing agency: Cartwright Communications
- Earthmoving, ground engineering and restoration contractor: Barton Plant, Barton Civils and supplier Peter Bennie, all part of The Bennie Group
- Building materials suppliers: GRS Roadstone, Aggregate Industries, Breedon Group, William Hercock Building Supplies, MJ Robinson, Sage Roofing, Sage Envelope Contractor, Sinit, Bonham & Berry, McGovern Crane Hire, Studwelders, Charnwood Fencing, Morris Vermaport Lifts, Plaza Groundworks, Diamond Flooring UK, Metsec, Kingspan Insulation, Interfuse, Elmsere, Forbo and Gerflor, Midland Floor Screeds
- Demolitions specialist: AR Demolition
- Construction services provider: WysePower, Advante, Michael Smith Switchgear and Portacabin
- Retailer: Furniture Village
To date, the project’s market value is circa £1.5 million, and thanks to savings generated throughout the build by contractor Willmott Dixon and its supply chain partners, the build is expected to cost the Matt Hampson Foundation less than half of that figure.
The facility is expected to be ready this autumn.