Work is underway on site for a £840,000 project, providing a new community building for the Village of Ropsley and surrounding settlements.
Focus Consultants has been appointed as contract administrator and quantity surveyor on the scheme to provide cost management and advice, quality control and project management.
The scheme is being undertaken by the Ropsley New Hall Steering Group on land adjacent to the existing Ropsley Memorial Hall. The existing hall, constructed in 1949, was deemed no-longer fit for purpose and unsustainable in 2014 and has required significant and regular maintenance over recent years. Due to open in Autumn 2020, the new community building will provide a main hall complete with moveable stage area, kitchen and catering areas, meeting space and sports changing facilities. The committee are looking to improve further and introduce a moveable stage at a later date.
“Focus Consultants is very pleased to be involved in helping to create a new village hall for Ropsley,” said Keith Butler, joint managing partner at Nottingham-based Focus Consultants.
“As a company, Focus Consultants has wide experience of working on village hall and community schemes in the East Midlands, providing an extensive range of services from quantity surveying to project management.”
The project is being funded by generous community raised monies thanks to grants from: The National Lottery Community Fund, the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, Sport England, ASDA Foundation, Bernard Sunley Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, South Kesteven Community Fund, The Rank Foundation – Pebbles Fund and Dixie Rose Findlay Charitable Trust.
The new village hall is due to open in Autumn 2020.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The news that works have officially begun on Ropsley Village Hall brand new facility will undoubtedly provide a boost for grassroots sport in area. Funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, is playing a vital role in making the project a reality.
“Thanks to their investment, the village hall is one of many facilities across England set to benefit from a state-of-the-art new site. These facilities not only act as excellent physical and social outlets for communities, but also provide new jobs – during construction and in the years to come, with people needed to support sites in delivering safe and positive environments for any user.”