MIDDLESBROUGH MAYOR LAUNCHES SEA CADETS HEADQUARTERS

MIDDLESBROUGH MAYOR LAUNCHES SEA CADETS HEADQUARTERS

 

Elected Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon has lauched T.S Erimus Middlesbrough Sea Cadets’ headquarters following a generous regeneration project.
 
Middlesbrough Sea Cadets have finally moved into their first permanent base - East Lodge within Albert Park - since their inception 70 years ago. The cadets new base was launched by the Mayor and Andy Preston, Chairman of Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, in the presence of key regeneration, nautical, business and political figures from across the region.
 
East Lodge has been transformed from a derelict building, which stood empty and vandalised for more than 10 years, into a new state-of-the-art facility thanks to the generosity of 13 regional firms and organisations that have worked not-for-profit and at cost or less to develop it.
 
The development has included 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 a key role by encouraging contractors and consultants to support the charity due to their important role in developing young people. 
 
Mr Johnson, said: “We set out with the Unit Management Committee to develop East Lodge so that the cadets could at last have a headquarters to be proud of. Three months later and the development is complete thanks to contractors and consultants, who were so inspired by the Sea Cadets’ story they gave their time free and materials at cost or less.
 
“East Lodge will enable them to increase the number of cadets that can attend from 20 to 60, which is an extra 40 Middlesbrough kids having the opportunity for some training, discipline and adventure. In addition the building will also be available by agreement for other youth groups and is intended therefore to become a very real and valuable asset for Middlesbrough as a whole.”
 
The redevelopment was made possible by Python Properties, Middlesbrough College, Endeavour Property Services, GW Architectural, Orangery Associates, Close Granger Gray & Wilkin, H E Woolley, C & M Carpets & Flooring, Energy Efficient Windows & Conservatories, Orchid Kitchens & Bedrooms, Elite Roller Shutters and Doors, C & B Blinds, and Leven Wrought Iron Work.
 
Liz Chambers, chairwoman of the Middlesbrough Sea Cadets, said: “I would really like to thank Martin Johnson, who upon taking on the role of vice president set about converting the East Lodge; a project that was going to take 18 months to complete and did it within 16 weeks, to an incredibly high standard.
 
“I would like to thank every company, especially EPS, all the personnel who either worked on the project or supplied and donated goods free of charge or at cost for their valuable input into the Lodge. The Middlesbrough Sea Cadets will be forever grateful to each and every one of them.”
 
The cadets were temporarily based in West Lodge within the park, which had 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.
 
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.
 
 
 

     One of the things I like about Python Properties is their ambition. They have got great commitment to the Tees Valley and that is what this area needs - businesses that have a positivity and ambition. Python Properties have been key regenerators of the centre of Middlesbrough and likewise Stockton and beyond that

Bob Cuffe, (Managing Director),
Gazette Media, Middlesbrough

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