The first exciting step towards Sprowston Town Council’s vision to provide a much-needed multi-use community facility in Sprowston were taken today (14 March) as local construction company Pentaco Construction started work on a new extension to the Sprowston Diamond Centre in School Lane, Sprowston. Financing for the extension on the east wing has been helped by £100,000 of funding from the Norfolk County Council Community Construction Fund.
The project, which is part of the redevelopment of the Sprowston Diamond Centre, was marked with an official turf-cutting ceremony by Ken Lashley, Chairman of Sprowston Town Council and Adrian Hubbard, commercial director of Norwich-based Pentaco Construction. The event which included the presentation of a special commemorative plaque, was also attended by former pupils of the original school, members of the Town Council, Bidwells and School Lane Pre-School.
“I am delighted to support the Town Council in its successful bid for £100,000 from the Norfolk County Council Community Construction Fund,” says John Ward, County Councillor for Sprowston. “This project, which creates such excellent community facilities, will benefit every resident of Sprowston.”
This first phase extension, including a new entrance link and wc facilities, will allow the Council to relocate School Lane Pre-School enabling further refurbishment of the building.
“I am delighted that the Council has been able to start work on developing this historic building into a long-awaited centre for the people of Sprowston,” comments Ken Lashley, Chairman of Sprowston Town Council. “It is particularly pleasing to have former pupils of the original schools here together with the playgroup who will benefit from the new facilities.”
“Our construction team is looking forward to building the first phase of this very important project for Sprowston. We will be making the most of sustainable methods of construction to ensure a flexible and energy-efficient new building space that is cost-effective to run and delivers long-term value to the community,” says Adrian Hubbard, commercial director of Pentaco Construction which has offices in Hurricane Way, Norwich.
The new extension is due for completion this summer.