THE 1st Byfleet Scouts have awarded regional construction company Beard a contract to build an Activity Centre close to Murray’s Lane.
Construction is due to start in March on the new building, which will host a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for children and local community groups.
The centre will replace the dilapidated old Scout Hut in Walnut Tree Lane – built in 1955 – which has fallen into a state of disrepair and is no longer large enough to accommodate the 103 year-old group’s 150 members and their staff.
The project will involve the construction of a tent-shaped building with a gable-ended roof with stained timber shiplap cladding.
The spacious one-and-a-half-storey complex, with an integrated kitchen and WC facilities, will provide a large activity space for the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers and other community groups. Parking facilities for vehicles and bicycles are also being constructed.
Beard will work closely with architects BBF Fielding and the 1st Byfleet Scouts to deliver the centre which is due for completion in August this year.
“We are delighted to be building this fantastic and much-needed new home for the 1st Byfleet Scouts,” says Beard Guildford’s Director Guy Hannell.
“Our construction team has been working closely with the Scouts and architects BBF Fielding since summer 2014 to develop an affordable design. We are very much looking forward to getting started on the project and seeing the new building take shape.
“It’s going to be a really super recreation venue which young people and other members of the community will be able to use and enjoy for many years to come.”
Last year the 1st Byfleet Scout Group raised the final £40,000 towards funding the project, which included a £30,000 grant from the Surrey County Council Community Improvement Fund.
The project has also been supported by Woking Borough Council, who donated the development site, purchased the old site for £150,000, provided a grant of £150,000, and offered a bridging loan facility if required. The council have also helped aid the design, preparation and construction of the Activity Centre.
“We are very excited to be working with Beard Construction on finally achieving our dream of a new Scout Activity Centre for Byfleet village,” says Scout Group Leader, Linda Plunkett.
“Together with our architects from BBF Fielding and Woking Borough Council, the team at Beard construction have spent a great deal of time ensuring that we will get a centre that is not only highly practical for our purposes but also an attractive, inviting and innovative design.
“That will ensure the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are able to continue Scouting in the village for a great many years to come.”