Nine regional property and construction firms have joined forces to work not-for-profit to regenerate Middlesbrough Sea Cadets’ new headquarters.

After waiting more than six years to redevelop East Lodge, situated within Albert Park, Middlesbrough, the Sea Cadets will finally move into the property in October thanks to the generosity of these companies.
Under the direction of local commercial regeneration specialist Python Properties, constructors EPS, architects GW Architectural, chartered surveyors Orangery Associates, structural engineer Close Grainger, double glazing manufacturer Energy Efficient Windows, security specialist HE Woolley, carpet specialists C&M Flooring and kitchen firm Orchid Kitchens & Bedrooms, have all agreed to collectively work together to develop the local charity’s building.  
The cadets are currently based in West Lodge within the park, which has insufficient space and facilities. East Lodge will not only enable them to increase the number of cadets that can attend from 20 to 60 people but also provide easier access to the lake.
Construction work, which has already started on site, will include the refurbishment and conversion of the existing property, building an extension, hard standing and jetty.
Python Properties partner, Martin Johnson, who has recently been named as the new vice president of the Sea Cadets, has played the key role by encouraging contractors and consultants to support the charity due to their important role in developing young people.  
“We are very pleased that so many local companies have responded in this positive way to support the charity and create an extra 40 places so that more young people can join the cadets. This will also give the cadets a state-of-the-art unit to be proud of” said Mr Johnson.
Liz Chambers, chairwoman of the Middlesbrough Sea Cadets, said: “Middlesbrough Sea Cadets would like to thank Martin Johnson and all the companies who he has brought on board to complete the works at East Lodge.  The cadets, staff and committee are thankful that after nearly 70 years of being established they will finally have a permanent place to train and with a purpose built jetty can finally fulfill their boating commitment so the cadets can have some "serious fun". 
“All the contractors and companies are doing the work either free or at cost and it has enabled a project that would have taken two years to be up and running within three months - our thanks go to each and everyone of them.”
The Sea Cadets promotes the development of people in achieving their physical, intellectual and social potential as individuals by the provision of education and leisure time activities using a nautical theme.
Middlesbrough Sea Cadets is the local branch of the Sea Cadet Corps, a nationwide voluntary uniformed youth organisation, which is open to all young people aged 10 to 18.
The cadets meet on a Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at East Lodge within Albert Park. For more information about joining the Middlesbrough Sea Cadets please contact 01642 294349.

     When Python acquired the property we met with the two Partners which is unusual but very refreshing and they talked to us about what they can do for us. They have refurbished the common parts of the building to a good professional standard, we have a lease that suits us as it is competitive, flexible and the level of Service Charge is good. They even arranged our permit parking

Richard Legg (Director)
Scott Wilson, Middlesbrough (Current Tenant, Victoria House)

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