Broadland helps build new community sports facilities

We recently completed an exciting partnership project with Lovell, Ingleton Wood and other local companies that will provide much-needed respite accommodation at Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF)’s hub ‘The Nest’.

The project involved renovating a dilapidated cottage at The Nest site in Norwich. Adults accompanying young people’s residential trips will now have somewhere to stay.

CSF runs a range of programmes that use sport, education and the pull of Norwich City Football Club to engage with different groups in the community. The cottage project was part of its #BuildTheNest fundraising campaign to complete the second phase of development works at The Nest.

Broadland staff used their volunteer days to do the work (and some staff members donated additional time0.

Broadland’s Development Director, Andrew Savage, says:

To see the enthusiasm of all the volunteers and the generous donations was inspiring. Our internal maintenance, planned works and landscape teams who were involved with the project are extremely proud of what has been achieved. It was great to be involved.

Simon Medlar, Lovell Regional Managing Director for East Anglia, said:

I’d like to personally thank each supplier and subcontractor involved for their hard work and commitment throughout. I’ve been blown away by the generosity of those involved, donating both materials and time, which has led to the fantastic end-result of this renovation.

Ian Thornton, Chief Executive Officer at Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, said:

We are incredibly grateful for the support of Lovell and all the suppliers and subcontractors that have come together to make the cottage look so fresh and new.

It will be such an asset to the site to have these facilities for adults supporting residential visits, and we look forward to welcoming residential groups back to The Nest when conditions allow for it.

More than 40 local companies as well as those further afield were involved in the refurbishment, which is worth over £50,000. This included remodelling the internal layout and substantial works to fix leaks, stabilise the structure, treat damp and woodworm, and remove asbestos, as well as a complete re-fit, and both internal and external redecorations. The main work was completed in late February 2020, with final touches being finished following lockdown and in accordance with Lovell’s strict COVID secure guidelines for its workplaces and construction sites.