One of the region’s top boxing clubs has unveiled ambitious plans for a knock-out new purpose-built facility in the centre of Redcar.
With help from Naru and Ross Architects, Redcar Amateur Boxing Club has submitted plans to the local authority for a new-build timber frame structure to replace the club’s outdated facilities within Coatham Memorial Hall in Redcar.
If approved, the new scheme will see the existing rooms demolished and replaced with a new two-storey building. The new design will incorporate: two boxing rings and a spectator gallery, plus areas for punch bag, skipping, weight training, gym and shadow boxing work. There will also be new changing room and toilet facilities to the ground and first floor.
For continuity, some existing bricks and architectural lintels from the old facade will be re-used and incorporated into the hard landscape of the new design.
The popular club, which was set up by former boxer Frankie Wales in 1998 to get young people off the streets and steer them away from drugs and crime, now has over 280 members, including male and female boxers of all ages and abilities. In addition to working with youngsters, the club also supports the unemployed, new business start-ups and the wider community through various motivational projects.
As well as proving popular with local people, Redcar Amateur Boxing Club has won numerous regional awards and attracted interest from MPs and The Prince of Wales.
Now that the application has been officially lodged with the local authority, it is hoped that a favourable decision will be reached by the autumn of this year. If so, work will start on site before the end of 2017, with the build expected to be completed within 12 months. A fundraising drive, plus grants, will help pay for the new facility.