In the early 1990's the Practice became involved in an exciting community project with the Riding for the Disabled Association to provide a new purpose-built Equestrian Center for the RDA in Cleveland. We were involved at a very early stage, providing advice and assistance on the development of the brief, undertaking feasibility studies and providing advice on construction methods and costs. We were active in helping to apply for Lottery funding and by the end of 1996 funding, planning permission and a site had all been obtained.

Unicorn Centre, Hemlington:

Unicorn Centre:

The new Center, known as the Unicorn Center, is sited near Hemlington, Middlesbrough and was completed in 1998. The project was part-funded by the Sports Council Lottery Fund.   The facility was formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal in November 1998 and provides purpose-built indoor and outdoor riding arenas, stabling for 15 horses, extensive paddocks, car-parking areas and a muck yard as well as a Manager’s bungalow.

We have recently completed a major extension to the Unicorn Center to provide much needed additional training and administrative accommodation. This project was part-funded by the Community Lottery Fund.

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Community Groups

We are active in the development and expansion of community facilities in the Tees valley area. During the past three years we have been working with the Future Regeneration of Grangetown (FROG) organization, assessing the feasibility of converting and developing redundant housing in Grangetown for use as community/training facilities and offices.

We have also recently worked with South Thornaby Community Group to extend and develop their existing premises to provide improved and enhanced facilities for the local community.

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Village Hall

In the small North Yorkshire village of Newby, near Stokesley, we are currently assessing the feasibility and funding options for the replacement of the existing 90 year old Village Hall with a new modern Village Hall. The Village Hall is an important part of the life of the village and meetings and consultation with the village community have been taking place for some months.