Sunday, 13 June 2021

Tender document for £250,000 skate park

A DRAFT tender document for a new skate park in Henley has been completed.

A DRAFT tender document for a new skate park in Henley has been completed.

It is now being reviewed by Henley Town Council with a view to sending it to three shortlisted companies.

They will be asked to submit a concept design to replace the existing skate park at Makins recreation ground based on a proposed budget of £250,000. The Henley Skate Park Initiative will then choose a supplier.

Colin Brathwaite, who chairs the group, said: “It is important to us that we choose a supplier with whom we can form the best working relationship to help us create the best facility for Henley, something that the town can be very proud of.

“Once we have selected our supplier via the tender process, our chosen supplier will be able to use their wealth of experience in skate park delivery to support us in all areas of the process. We will then work closely with them to evolve their initial concept design. An open forum will be held where any users, potential users and interested parties can see the proposed design and give their feedback.

“All input received will be carefully reviewed and assessed and any necessary agreed amendments will be made to the design. We look forward to the day when our new skate park is featured in national skate and BMX magazines.”

The group will apply for planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council and the supplier and architects will work with the town council to prepare the bid.

Mr Brathwaite said support for the project continued to grow “beyond all our hopes and wishes” and funding pledges had been made by Henley Round Table and employment law specialists Ellis Whittam.

He said: “We have drawn up a funding plan that we feel is realistic and we are continually working towards achieving our fund-raising target. We hold continued hope that the town council will support our project financially, with the understanding of the proven need to replace the ageing existing facility.

“Without a skate park, sports participation levels in Henley will decrease. It is also worth remembering that a skate park is statistically the safest place to skate or ride BMX.”

Mr Brathwaite says a web donation service is being created and is looking to set up a text donation service.

Last month, the group failed in a bid for a £50,000 grant towards the cost of the skate park from the Lottery-funded Sport England inspired facilities fund.

The group plans to apply to the district council’s community investment fund in the spring as well as for grants from the Tudor Trust and Tesco. Sport England has also encouraged the group to re-apply once it has received match-funding.

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