24 January 2013

Ship shape and Bristol fashion at Port Talbot Sea Cadets

South Wales businesses combine to upgrade Sea cadet Centre

Despite being part of the UK's largest maritime youth charity, the Port Talbot Sea Cadets were in need of some help to renovate their centre at the old docks in Port Talbot.  The large grade 2 listed building is a sight to behold with its ground mounted anti-aircraft cannon standing proudly out front.  Inside the building however, things were not as impressive!  With many cadets using the facilities over the years, and little funding available, the centre was in need of a new kitchen, range cooker, boiler and toilet facilities, as well as some decoration work.

Mi-space are currently replacing kitchens and bathrooms, and carrying out the associated electrCommanding Officer Lt Alan Thomas and supportersical, plumbing, and decoration work to NPT Homes' housing stock across Port Talbot, bringing the properties up to Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).

As a community focussed contractor, Mi-space heard about the Sea Cadet centre's plight through the POWER (Programme of Works and Economic Regeneration) Resident Group, and wanted to help.  Following some visits to the centre and a number of calls to the Mi-space supply chain, sub-contractors and other contacts, a team of willing and able volunteers were rallied, and a plan of action devised.

Prior to the work commencing MSS carried out an asbestos survey, this needed to be completed to make sure that the refurbishment work was safe to do.  Once the report was received, the work could commence.  With electrical work, plumbing, plastering, kitchen fitting, tiling, decoration and glazing all happening within the space of a working week, the Sea Cadets centre was a busy and exciting place to be!  The arrival and fitting of a new range cooker the following week completed the kitchen refurbishment.

Situated on the dock, the centre can be battered with wind and rain, or bathed in sunshine.  So, whilst the kitchen area was undergoing its refurbishment, the outside space underwent a transformation too.  A new fence, grass cutting, and trimming of overgrown areas, all completed by ACROW, a not for profit organisation which engages with local people at a local level to provide extensive support, guidance and training to those most disengaged from the labour market.

Mi-space Community Engagement Manager, Michelle Cole, commented: "As soon as were made aware of the Port Talbot Sea Cadets centre we wanted to help, as it provides an excellent environment in which local young people and volunteers alike can thrive. 

"By working in partnership with our generous sub-contractors, suppliers and other organisations, we have successfully refurbished the kitchen and given a facelift to the outside space at the centre without them spending a penny.  It wasn't difficult to find volunteers to help, as quite a number of individuals who worked on the project had been based at the centre as young people, including our Site Manager, John Lancaster."

She continued: "Massive thanks must go to our subcontractors and supply chain who were so generous; GGL Electrical Ltd, Antlin Plumbing & Heating Ltd, RPJ Builders, WR Jones Ltd, Advanced Waste Solutions Ltd, Envirovent Ltd, Silverseal Ltd, MSS Group Ltd, Robert Price Ltd, Speedyhire, Direct Supplies Ltd and ACROW de Cymru."

If you are interested in becoming a member or volunteering at the Sea Cadets Centre (Port Talbot), please contact Commanding Officer Lt Alan Thomas on 01639 887139.

From left to right: Matthew Fleming, WR Jones Ltd; Graham Edwards, GGL Electrical Ltd; John Lancaster,  Mi-Space (UK) Ltd; Anthony Lindsay, Antlin Plumbing & Heating Ltd; Commanding Officer Lt Alan Thomas; Dave McDonald, Mi-Space (UK) Ltd; Simon Baldwin, Mi-space (UK) Ltd; Lee Sell, RPJ Building



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