Nicholls Field sports pavilion officially opens

Date: 
Friday, 16 March, 2018
Number: 
18-17

A new sports pavilion and community hall has officially opened at Nicholls Field.

The former derelict sports pavilion was given a major makeover in 2017. It has now been completely transformed and on Saturday 10 March 2018 an official opening event was held by the first tenants of the building Kazen Kai Martial Arts.

A ribbon to mark the opening was cut by the Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Sue Livings, who was joined by the Bush Fair Ward Councillors and representatives from Kazen Kai. After cutting the ribbon, councillors were treated to an exhibition of martial arts by some of the club’s members.

The new building includes four changing rooms, a changing room for officials, an office, disabled toilets and a community hall. The refurbishment was virtually a new build with new foundations, a new pitched roof, improved access and fencing and changes to the internal layout of the building. There have also been drainage improvements made to the six adult size football pitches.

The Council is currently in discussions with local community organisations and sports clubs and the Essex FA regarding the use of the pitches and changing rooms. The Council is also planning to refurbish the adjacent multi-use-games-area outdoor area. 

Councillor Mark Ingall, Portfolio Holder for Youth & Community, said:

"The pavilion sat derelict in the middle of Nicholls Field for far too long but what we have today is a completely transformed building for the community to use. The pavilion has literally been rebuilt from top to bottom and it is now in use seven days a week helping to contribute towards getting people active. The first tenants of Nicholls Field, Kazen Kai, have really been able to grow their club since using this facility. We also want to see the football pitches back in use as soon as possible and more of the local community using the new building and the fantastic green open space which surrounds it."