Monday 1st October 2018
Kent based building contractor BBS Construction, has got work under way for a new community clubhouse for Dartford Valley Rugby Club, with a ground-breaking ceremony taking place at the Stone Lodge site.
BBS Construction were awarded the £3.6 million contract to deliver the new 800 sq.m. community club house, with the facility providing a sports and leisure club for the local community, as well as offering a permanent home to Dartford Valley Rugby Club’s league teams and community activities.
The facility will also include a flood lit 3G rugby pitch, a second grass pitch, plus suitable car parking, in a fully landscaped environment. The sustainable facility has been designed to serve the growing community around Stone Lodge as well as provide sporting opportunities for students at the new secondary school opening nearby.
With over 35 years’ experience, BBS Construction, who are headquartered in Maidstone, are specialists in a range of construction and engineering disciplines, with recent projects including the new winery at Hush Heath Estate as well as prestigious educational projects such as the new three-storey teaching block at St Edmund’s School, Benenden School Science block and sports pavilion, along with refurbishment works at William Harvey Hospital and The Horder Centre.
The Dartford Valley Rugby Club has a superb reputation for its work with young people and when the community clubhouse opens next Summer, it will accommodate not just the senior teams but the growing mini and junior sections too.
Chris Goldsmith, Managing Director of BBS Construction said: “We’re delighted to get started on this exciting new project, delivering much needed sports facilities not only for Dartford Valley Rugby club, but also to the local community. With experience of delivering large scale builds in the educational and sporting markets, BBS Construction are looking forward to creating a modern, striking new home for the club, delivering outstanding, purpose-built facilities which will support the club develop the players of the future.”
Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council said, “The investment into the new clubhouse is part of the Council’s long-term commitment to improving leisure facilities in Dartford. Our previous investments in places like Fairfield, Princes Park and Dartford Cricket Club have seen a huge up-take in participation in activities especially amongst the young. I think the role that these facilities can play for the rest of the community are also now being fully appreciated. People and local organisations adopt them as the places for celebrations, parties and meetings and they can become the heart of a community. I think rugby has the potential to involve and engage huge numbers of families and I’m very proud to be bringing that to the heart of the Stone community.”
Peter Timon, Dartford Valley Club Chairman said, “Rugby is about family and community, but it’s also about discipline, respect and teamwork. Working in partnership with Dartford Borough Council has meant that the dream of a ‘Home of our own’ is now coming true. Our Rugby family in Stone is about to get a whole lot bigger! Roll on Summer 2019!”
To find out more about Dartford Valley Rugby Club visit www.dvrfc.co.uk