23 July 2015

Bristol Sea Cadets unit transformed by Mi-space

Staff from a Bristol-based construction firm donated their time to help transform a much loved building used by Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets Unit based in the city.

TS Adventure is one of the oldest Sea Cadet units in the country, located in converted Dockers’ cottages in the heart of the historic Bristol Docks.

Staff from Mi-space – a division of The Midas Group, one of the South West’s largest independent construction and property services providers – organised the makeover to help renovate the site to give the cadets a fresher, more modern unit.

As part of the construction company’s annual team day, more than 80 staff from the Mi-space division worked to revitalise the facility into a ship shape building in true Bristol fashion.  Generous support from local sub-contractors and businesses donating supplies, paints and materials made the refurbishment project a huge success.

Some Mi-space staff donated their time throughout the previous week with the main body of the work taking place on one day at the end of June.  Minor demolition work was involved in some rooms, providing the cadets, volunteers and staff better sized classrooms to use.  Many of the rooms benefitted from being fully redecorated, some of which had new flooring laid.

Michelle Cole, community engagement manager for Mi-space said: “A core part of Mi-space’s commitment is to invest in the communities which we live and work in. Our staff were delighted to help refurbish this popular community facility, which is so well used by the Sea Cadets. We are very grateful to our sub-contractors and suppliers who helped us with this project by donating materials, plant and expertise to facilitate the project; it’s been a real community initiative. One of our estimators was a sea cadet about 40 years ago, so there were a few tall stories being told.”

Special thanks goes to the following companies for their donations and support: Advanced Waste Management Ltd (Skips), Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd (Paint), Parker Merchanting (Materials), Asbestos Management Specialists 2000 Ltd (Asbestos Survey), Cook & Harris (Plumbing), Speedy Hire Plc (Scaffold & Plant), Travis Perkins Ltd (Materials), Jewson Ltd (Materials), Plumbing Trade Suppliers Limited (Water Heater), Kernow Fixings Ltd (Fixings), Avomech Ltd (Gates), English County Contracts Ltd (Flooring) and Arnold Liddell Coaches (Transport).

Lt (SCC) Bob Russell RNR the Commanding Officer of Bristol Adventure Sea Cadet Unit said “A huge thank you to Mi-space and their staff who have made such a difference to the building. I cannot believe the amount of work that has been completed in a day, it has made a massive difference to the unit, giving us a brighter and better environment and more space for training the cadets”

Mi-space have recently completed refurbishment works at 3 Merlin Housing Society sheltered accommodation schemes in Bristol.  They are also currently converting 138-141 Redcliff Street into Bridge Quay waterfront apartments for client Terrace Hill, and are installing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) arrays on a number of community and leisure facilities for Bristol City Council.


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