January 25, 2021

A new ‘Pavilion in the Park’ for Ashbourne

Anyone for cricket?

If you live in Ashbourne and love sport, you’re in for an autumn treat. Yep – a brand new sporting pavilion is heading your way.

We’re very excited too. Not only is it in our hometown… the Enrok team has been awarded the contract to build it. This new modern and purpose-built pavilion will be used by local sports clubs, schools and the community all-year-round. In fact, we’re on site right now, demolishing the 1950’s dilapidated pavilion which sits just off Cockayne Avenue.

Now just in case you’re wondering how we got to tender for this contract, there’s a story – involving our old neighbour. We regularly crossed paths with him while out on a family walk. He works at a local builders merchants and is also involved with the local cricket club. One day, he started chatting to us about the new pavilion – so, we asked if we could possibly tender for it. I remember reading a quote once by popular romance novelist, Nora Roberts, that said: ‘If you don’t ask, the answer is always no’. Great advice Nora, thanks!

So, in March 2019, we were introduced to the Ashbourne Sports and Community Partnership (ARGSCP), a community interest group; and the tendering process got underway. These processes take time because there’s so much work to do. We were delighted when we got the call to say we’d won the contract, especially as we were up against several other firms.

The ARGSCP has done an amazing job of fundraising, gaining support from national and regional funding organisations and the Derbyshire Dales District Council. The local community has played their part too, by getting involved and organising all sorts of events to put money into the coffers. Not only that, the ARGSCP has carried out a huge amount of work commissioning civil engineers, architects, project managers and quantity surveyors to produce a detailed and costed design specification. Brilliantly designed by FPCR Architects, the contract value of the project is around £800,000 – and Enrok is set on delivering an end result that will be smashing.

Talking of a community project and theme – we’re keen to do our bit too. As Enrok is the Principal Contractor and a family firm, we’re looking to use local trades and suppliers where we can, to make it a proper town collaboration. We’re also mulling over a few ideas on how we can engage the local community as the build starts to take shape. When we’ve got something concrete in our minds, we’ll happily share.

This really is the perfect Derbyshire Dales project. It gives us a warm fuzzy feeling that Enrok was chosen to deliver it on behalf of the community. We’re truly honoured.