£10m upgrade for tower where boxer George Groves learnt his trade
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
The 24-storey Grenfell Tower, home to a London boxing club where IBF/WBA contender George Groves once trained, is to get a £10 million upgrade as part of a larger neighbourhood regeneration.
Groves takes on Carl Froch at Wembley Stadium on 31 May in the biggest match in British boxing history, after Froch won a controversial points decision last year.
Dale Youth Boxing Club, which also produced Olympic gold medallist James Degale, is based within Grenfell Tower. The work will provide the club with much larger and improved training facilities at around three times the size of its current premises.
With residents in the 120 apartments still in occupation, the Grenfell Tower project will deliver a number of improvements to the building’s energy efficiency, its community facilities and will also create additional new homes using vacant space.
Rydon has secured a contract with Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) for the work on the tower. KCTMO is a resident-led organisation responsible for the management of nearly 10,000 properties on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
KCTMO chair Fay Edwards said: "Residents of the tower have long had to put up with a sub-standard heating system and poor insulation and this has affected the quality of their lives. The new heating system will mean they can adjust the heating to their own needs for the first time."
Lower floor space will be also remodelled to incorporate seven new homes as well as a nursery, which is being relocated from another part of the building.
Rydon, which employs over 600 people, has delivered a number of refurbishments to residential tower blocks, whilst residents have remained in occupation.