St John`s Recreation Centre

St John`s Recreation Centre

St John’s Recreation Centre was officially re-opened earlier this month following completion of a £1 million refurbishment.

The project, which took over four years, was completed in three phases and included the creation of an onsite caretaker’s flat to provide improved security, the redesign and modernisation of the changing rooms and toilets, and the improvement of the external areas as well as a large extension to the existing building.

HLG was engaged to provide project management and QS services for the planned two-storey extension to the youth club and the refurbishment of the ground floor changing rooms.

Working to an extremely tight timescale, to ensure the final phase of works were completed in time for the Island Games, HLG oversaw the remaining work required to complete the redevelopment of the 25-year-old centre and bring it up to modern standards.

The Billy Butlin Memorial Trust, which owns the building, spent more than £850,000 on phase one of the project, which included installing a new kitchen, toilets and an office for a youth worker, but the project ran out of money in 2014 and the directors appealed to the States for help.

Work only recommenced in December, following a top-up grant from Education, Sport and Culture, while some of the cost of the new changing rooms and showers has been met by a grant from The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund – up to a maximum of £80,000.

The centre was officially handed over to St John’s Football Club and the St John Youth Project at a ceremony on Saturday 6th June, attended by Lady Sheila Butlin and over 100 residents.

During the Island Games, it will host the air pistol shooting and a number of football matches, and is currently used by 24 different clubs and groups for a mixture of sporting and recreational activities, including archery, cricket, tennis, yoga and gymnastics.