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Matt Hampson, Rehabilitation Centre, Leicestershire

BSP Consulting has joined a string of contractors to help the Matt Hampson Foundation build a rehabilitation centre for those who have suffered catastrophic injury through sport.

The company is providing civil, structural and geotechnical engineering support for the Get Busy Living Centre, a scheme to transform the site of a former aircraft hangar at Burrough Court Estate near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire into a specialist centre where beneficiaries of the foundation’s services will receive support.

The Foundation was launched by Matt Hampson who, during an England Under 21 rugby training session in 2005, was paralysed from the neck down. It provides support for anyone suffering serious injury or disability, in particular from participation in sport or physical education or recreation.

Now the Foundation has set itself a big goal to build the Get Busy Living Centre. Revised planning for the scheme has just been submitted. It includes a bespoke access road for the facility, as well as the construction of a new structural frame based on the original footprint of the hangar building, designed to stand the test of time while maintaining the overall look and feel of the iconic building. Inside, a mezzanine floor will be constructed, doubling the floor space and extending the length by one third.

The project is being delivered by a number of local partners, many of which are offering their time, services, materials and expertise for free, including construction company Willmott Dixon, professional services MDA Consulting, architects Corporate Architecture, engineering consultants CouchPerryWilkes and BSP Consulting, PR and Marketing agency Cartwright Communications and suppliers GRS Roadstone Limited, Salus and Multifab Engineering Ltd.

Matt Hampson said: “The centre was initially a dream of mine, a place for our beneficiaries to come along to and receive physical rehabilitation. Since then, our plans for this new facility have evolved and become a reality, with the centre giving us the opportunity to offer not only physical support, but, more crucially, mental support too.

BSP’s MD David Sumner said: “The Get Busy Living Centre is an inspiring project which will greatly benefit people who have been affected by life-changing injuries. As an East Midlands-based company, BSP Consulting is proud to be able to offer our skills to provide civil and structural engineering services for this development, working alongside other businesses.”

For more information on the centre, visit http://matthampsonfoundation.org/

The Get Busy Living Centre was winner of the RICS Awards – East Midlands Project of the Year 2018.

Role

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Client

Matt Hampson

Contractor

Willmott Dixon

Architect

Corporate Architecture

Project Description

A Get Busy Living Centre, a scheme to transform the site of a former aircraft hangar at Burrough Court Estate near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire into a specialist centre where beneficiaries of the foundation’s services will receive support.

Value

A voluntary Project

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