Booth Memorial Institute gets new lease of life

Published on: 2nd November 2015

A historic hall in Catterick village, North Yorkshire, has been granted a new lease of life thanks to a joint effort by our Teesside office and a dedicated team of trustees and volunteers.

 

The Booth Memorial Institute is a local landmark and is set to become the heart of the village’s community life once structural repairs and refurbishment is complete.  The building already provides a hub of activities including a luncheon club, a mother and toddler group, yoga, dance and exercise classes, bowling clubs and charity shop etc. It is also available for private hire for parties, meetings etc.

 

The Institute’s board of trustees, led by Margaret Tickner (Chair) and Sheila Proom(Deputy Chair}  have worked tirelessly to secure various grants to date from Catterick Parish Council, Richmondshire District Council, and the Jack Brunton Trust.  Other grants are being applied for.

 

Booth Memorial Institute trustee, Margaret Tickner, said: “We are delighted to have started the renovation of this historic local building, which will continue to provide a valuable community hub for all Catterick residents, young and old.  We have a hardworking team of fundraisers and volunteers whose passion and vision has allowed us to start on the road to achieving our goal of improving the Booth Memorial Institute in a cost-effective and timely fashion.

 

“Sanderson Weatherall was the ideal partner for us, working alongside us through every step of what is a complex process.  The firm’s assistance is invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work alongside them in the future to see this project through to completion.”

 

The trustees tasked us with conducting an initial survey of the building, assisting in the development of a brief and helping with the subsequent grant application.  We were also instrumental in agreeing the specification and scope of the work required, obtaining tenders for the work and appointing contractors and project managers for the site.

 

Our building consultancy partner, David Fairley, said: “Our full-service offering means that we are ideally placed to support the trustees throughout the life-cycle of this project, from the initial survey to the completion of the work.  This is a worthwhile cause and we are proud to be able to help in the regeneration of this important landmark.”

 

The first phase of works is already underway with instructions already issued to roofing and stonework contractors, who will replace the roof covering and associated stonework repairs and repointing.  Once this is complete, the second phase will see windows and stone mullions replaced, followed by further work on the construction of a new porch and the upgrading of the hall’s interior.

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