BBC looks to Dorset specialist, Composite Profiles, to help rebuild Grenfell Tower Community Hub and Dale Youth Boxing Gym as part of BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build hosted by Nick Knowles.
One year after the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze in London, Dorset based specialist metal decking contractor, Composite Profiles UK, responded to a plea from celebrity presenter Nick Knowles from BBC One’s flagship renovation programme, for specialist labour and material donations to help rebuild Grenfell Tower Community Hub and Dale Youth Boxing Gym.
DIY SOS were given permission to build a brand new Community Centre and a new home for the Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club under The Westway on St Mark’s Road in west London, known locally as Bay 20.
Located underneath the A40 just meters away from the derelict Grenfell Tower, is the new multi-use community space, available for the whole community to use for a range of activities, and the new Dale Youth Boxing Academy. 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medal winner James DeGale, 32, and current world champion boxer George Groves, 30, are among top-class British boxers who had trained in the original gym in Grenfell Tower before it was destroyed by the fire in June 2017.
On why Composite Profiles chose to get involved, Managing Director Mark Norton explains:
“We felt privileged to be approached by the BBC and given the opportunity to support such a worthy project. To be honest, we didn’t even question it, it was an unquestionable yes of course. We support two sports clubs locally, Bournemouth Football Club since before its days of premier league success and we are also community patrons for Bournemouth Rugby Club, so perhaps it was in our culture to help provide the Grenfell Community with a new sports and social space in which to begin to rebuild their futures.”
“I am just so pleased that we had the specialist knowledge and skilled installations teams required for the project. We have completed many projects along the M4/A4 corridor and therefore know how to overcome the logistical challenges of tricky access and building under a flyover!”
Grenfell Tower housed a community of 600 people, but it has been reported that on the night of 14 June 2017 there were 293 people inside, 223 of whom escaped, and the rest were left trapped. The fire, which was sparked by a faulty fridge, cost the lives of 71 residents and left hundreds of people homeless.
Graham Gater, chairman of the The Dale Youth Boxing Club, said of the build:
“After the Grenfell Tower fire, the club was in boxing terms knocked down, but thanks to BBC DIY SOS and all the people who are volunteering and donating we are now able to beat the count, through their generous and immensely inspirational support. We are really looking forward to getting a new space.”
Host Nick Knowles also shared his excitement about the project, saying: “It’s daunting in terms of scale and size even for us but we all make an important statement when we come together to work on something so ambitious, so positive and so needed.”
BBC’s DIY SOS team’s biggest build to date is due to air to an expected 5 million viewers on BBC One in September 2018.