Friday 20th August 2021: Very exciting news we are inching ever closer to a start date for the re-development of the Norman Park Site, please see below the statement released by BBHAC (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers Athletic Club) earlier today!
UPDATE ON SALE OF BOURNE WAY SITE AND PROGRESS AT NORMAN PARK
We are pleased to inform members that we have exchanged contracts for the sale of the Club’s Bourne Way site with completion scheduled for October. The sale price of £2 million coupled with other funds will now enable us to proceed to award the contract for the construction of our new community sports and recreation centre alongside the Norman Park track. We have accordingly entered into a letter of intent with Buxton Building Contractors to enable them to proceed to carry out the preparatory work necessary for construction to begin on site also in October.
The new centre will offer the Club significantly enhanced facilities with a proper fitness/weights room, a sports hall, physio rooms and three multi-purpose function rooms, as well as bar and cafeteria facilities, together with improved changing rooms and showers, all overlooking the track. Moving to Norman Park will bring every generation of the club and every level of ability together in one place, thereby acting as a springboard for the club ‘s future development.
As Sam Reardon, one of the Club’s upcoming athletes says “The new facilities planned for the Norman Park Track are extremely exciting for myself and all the athletes at the club. It will give us the opportunity to train in ways we hadn’t previously been able to and further develop ourselves as athletes. I am personally aiming to compete in upcoming major international and senior competitions over the next couple of years and these new facilities will help me improve my performance”.
We will keep you informed as we progress this, especially with regard to the construction start and scheduled completion dates. It is anticipated that the track will remain open throughout the construction period with temporary facilities for changing rooms etc., but there will understandably be some restrictions on use. We shall work with the contractor to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.
Members now have a further opportunity to contribute to the funding of the new centre, confident that it will progress. Members have been very generous so far with nearly £200,000 contributed (with gift aid). Additional contributions will enable us to minimise short term financing and enable us to complete the fit out to a suitable standard.
A summary of the project and details on how to donate together with a gift aid form can be found in: link to Briefing Document