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Work starts on super sporting hub for Bedworth

Published on Friday, 5th May 2017

The refurbishment of the Bedworth’s Miners Welfare Park Johnson Road Pavilion is scheduled to start later this month.

The new look pavilion will provide a super sporting hub in the centre of Bedworth’s Miner’s Welfare Park (MWP), extending and enhancing the community’s sporting offer. The refurbishment has been made possible through extensive partnership working between the Council and Bedworth Cricket Club (BCC) over the past two years, with successful bids for external funding from agencies including Sport England and Warwickshire County Council. A delivery agreement has now been approved and the selected contractor, Ashe Construction, is ready to commence construction in a few weeks.

The initial phase of works will be overseen by NBBC and will provide for the extension and refurbishment of the changing rooms, modernising the facilities, providing amenities for both male and female teams at the same time together and creating some specific facilities for officials.

The next stage of work will be undertaken by BCC and will focus on the refurbishment of areas such as lounge, kitchen and bar facilities, providing an all-round experience for both users and spectators.

Ian Lloyd, portfolio holder for Arts and Leisure said:

“It’s fantastic news that work is about to start on the refurbishment of the Johnson Pavilion in the Miners Welfare Park. This is an incredibly important project for local people and we’ve worked really hard with Bedworth Cricket Club to secure the funds, move things on and make things happen. The result of our hard work will be a multi-sporting hub that meets modern day needs and further enhances Bedworth’s premier destination park.

“One of the Council’s key priorities is to improve health and wellbeing across the borough and the new pavilion is likely to both encourage more people to take up sport and also signpost young people towards healthy, active lifestyles.”

A spokesman from Ashe Construction said:

“We are delighted to be starting work to improve the facilities of the Johnson Pavilion. We have enjoyed a positive pre-construction and design development phase working with Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council. We look forward to seeing that sense of purpose come to fruition on site.”

Temporary changing accommodation will be sited in the MWP car park, to support BCC with cricket season fixtures, whilst work commences on the sports pavilion.

This development in the MWP will see further opportunities for local residents to take part in a range of leisure pursuits and also support local teams and developing talent.