A state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre for young people injured in sport to be built in Leicestershire is one step closer after revised planning was submitted for consideration.
Former England Under-21 rugby star Matt Hampson is building the Get Busy Living Centre at an old aircraft hangar site near Melton Mowbray.
Hampson, who suffered a life-changing accident during a training session in 2005, set up the Matt Hampson Foundation to help those who have had a similar injury by offering support and assistance.
Construction company Willmott Dixon, professional services firm MDA Consulting, architects Corporate Architecture, engineering consultants CouchPerryWilkes, Salus and BSP Consulting are among a number of firms delivering the £1 million centre in Burrough-on-the-Hill, near Melton Mowbray.
With many firms offering their time, services, materials and expertise for free, the scheme will see a derelict aircraft hangar on the Burrough Court Estate transformed into a state-of-the-art facility where beneficiaries of the foundation’s services will be able to receive physical rehabilitation, spend time with their families and share experiences with those in a similar situation to themselves.
The revised planning includes a bespoke access road for the facility, as well as the construction of a new structural frame based on the original footprint of the building, designed to stand the test of time while maintaining the overall look and feel of the iconic building. Inside, a mezzanine floor will be constructed, doubling the floor space and extending the length by one third.
Speaking of the vision for the Get Busy Living Centre, Hampson said: “The centre was initially a dream of mine, a place for our beneficiaries to come along to and receive physical rehabilitation. Since then, our plans for this new facility have evolved and become a reality, with the centre giving us the opportunity to offer not only physical support, but, more crucially, mental support too.
“The centre will be a place for specialist companies to exhibit state-of-the-art equipment, offering the possibility for our beneficiaries to sample this life-changing technology without having to endure the astronomical costs of specialist equipment.
“With the support of our project partners who are generously donating their expertise and services, we look forward to seeing the future of the project come to its realisation.”
Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold, managing director of Corporate Architecture, said: “It’s a very interesting project to be involved in, particularity as I have a proud history in rugby myself. We’re transforming this iconic building into a sustainable site for decades to come by using a number of energy efficient measures. We’re very excited to be a part of this project and look with anticipation for the planning to go through approval so work can begin on this innovative programme.”
Nick Heath, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said: “Willmott Dixon is incredibly proud to be supporting this pioneering project. The Foundation is a hugely worthwhile charity that does fantastic work with injured sportsmen and women across the country – as well as those who have suffered serious injury or disability outside of sport, and this centre will go a long way to allowing the team to help even more people.
“As a business, we have worked within the Leicester area for many years, and supporting those communities within which we work is very important to us – giving back is at the heart of our ethos.”