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Fight For Peace, London Borough of Newham
The alteration, refurbishment and extension works of a sports and education facility in Newham, East London, which supports young people living in communities affected by crime and violence.
Stace were appointed as Employer’s Agent and Cost Managers for the £1.8 million alteration, refurbishment and extension of London’s first Fight For Peace sports and education Academy, which opened its doors in 2007, within the Borough of Newham, East London.
The original building comprised a hall used for sporting activity and a house which had been converted into offices and classrooms. Refurbishment works were undertaken whilst these buildings were in occupation, requiring careful consideration of phasing to ensure the minimal disruption to the continued use of the facility. Stace managed the cost of infilling the area between the two separate sports buildings, and then extending to the rear of the converted house to provide an additional 552m² of space. The project also included construction of a new building known as the ‘Blue Box’ with a Dojo training area, additional teaching or office accommodation at first floor, toilet facilities and a rooftop training area. The adjacent weights room has also been extended to provide improved training facilities.
Much in demand and running at full capacity since its launch in 2007, the new building’s extension and refurbishment has been well received within the neighbourhood, which had previously been limited in its use of the facilities through health & safety caps and long waiting lists for educational courses.
The centre can now support a total of 1,500 young people each year, thanks to the addition of more classrooms and multiple sports training areas, plus extra space to implement Fight for Peace’s UK wide expansion programme – the UK Alumni Programme (UK AP).
Fight for Peace is a non-profit organisation, that uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development, to realise the potential of young people in communities which are affected by crime and violence. Operating in 25 countries around the world, the organisation directly supports over 3,000 young people at Academies in Rio and London, and reaches over 250,000 young people around the world through a Global Network of partner organisations. To visit their website, please click here.