LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE ROUNDHOUSE FROM BRADDAN COMMISSIONERS :-
LANDMARK LEISURE COMPLEX SET FOR WINTER OPENING
Work to create a flagship multi-purpose leisure development in Braddan is moving ever closer to completion.
The Roundhouse, a concept by Braddan Parish Commissioners to bring together community, family, friends, fitness and health in one modern facility, is set to open to the public this winter. As well as providing a range of new leisure, health and community facilities for all ages Island-wide, the complex will create in the region of 25 local jobs.
The local authority has recently presented a petition seeking approval from the Department of Infrastructure to borrow up to £3.4 million from HSBC, as required under Section 51 of the Local Government Act, to conclude the scheme which will comprise a cafe with a children’s soft play area, large multi-use sports hall, gym and exercise studio, along with a nursery, pharmacy, dental practice, therapy suite, treatment room, beauticians and activity classes for babies and children.
In addition, there will be a striking state-of-the-art outdoor inclusive children’s playground, along with an extensive village green incorporating a 500-metre long walking and exercise track, and sensory garden, as part of two acres of open green space.
Chairman Andrew Jessopp said: ‘Excitement is starting to ramp up as we approach the completion of The Roundhouse.
‘It has been several decades since a local authority undertook a scheme of this scale and, having been on site recently, it is truly wonderful to see it all coming together. We have no doubt our
modern leisure and community complex will have a huge positive impact on the outlook, health and wellbeing of Island residents.’
Located at The Strang, adjacent to Palatine Health Centre and Noble’s Hospital, The Roundhouse will have good parking provision and excellent public transport links.
As well as being an ideal venue to meet friends and family, take advantage of essential services and exercise, its modern, comfortable facilities will also be available to hire for a range of
functions and events.
The sports hall, with its pull-out seating, can double up as a performance or exhibition space and conference facility.
Designed by local architects Kay Associates and constructed by Cedar Developments Ltd, Mr Jessopp added: ‘Since the outset, this has been very much a team effort involving local architects, contractors and craftsmen to match the aspirations of the local authority. The scheme has created jobs in the construction industry, as well as at the completed complex itself, and when open will increase footfall to the area and give a boost to local businesses.
‘Regrettably, schemes of this nature take a long time to come to fruition, and inevitably, since it was first planned, the cost has risen. The island has suffered the consequences of the coronavirus
pandemic, Brexit and the Ukraine war. They brought with them material price increases and labour shortages, both of which the entire building industry on and off the Island is experiencing.
‘There were also some unexpected issues with the building design that has slowed its progress, but I am delighted we can now see the finishing line and we are all looking forward to seeing how
residents in the parish, and Island wide, can enjoy the first-class facilities at The Roundhouse for generations to come.’
To keep up to date with the latest news about the Roundhouse, please see our dedicated Facebook page – The Roundhouse
Bradddan Commissioners are delighted to be able to share the news that the Manx Lottery Trust have funded the installation of a playground at their new community centre at the Roundhouse. The grant of £50,000 will go towards the costs of purchasing and installing an inclusive play area for children aged 4 – 12 years of age and of all physical and cognitive abilities.
For full details of the generous donation, please see the link below to the Manx Lottery Trust website.
Braddan Commissioners would like to say a huge thank you to Beach Buddies Isle of Man and their fantastic volunteers for another excellent effort on Sunday. In total they cleared away a bulk bag’s worth of rubbish from the beach and glen at Port Soderick.
Braddan Commissioners were delighted to welcome His Excellency Sir John Lorimer and Lady Philippa Lorimer to Union Mills on Wednesday 10 August to formally open the new apartments at Mullen Doway.
The property includes a full size sports hall, suitable for sports such as five-a-side, badminton, netball and basketball and will be managed by the Commissioners.
The Units available lend themselves to a number of businesses but discussions could be held with those not on the list but meet their intended purpose of family centred or health related.
These areas would suit:
There is sufficient time to discuss the internal layouts to meet the needs of the prospective tenants.
Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 15th October 2021.
The Notice of Election for the forthcoming Local Authority Elections is now available to view online by following the link below:-
Nomination Forms are also available from the Commissioners’ Office.
For more information about the Local Authority Elections, please contact us.
Why stand as a candidate in Braddan?
· Braddan is no longer “just” a rural parish
· It is strategically sited just outside the island’s capital
· Many businesses have relocated their headquarters to Braddan in recent years
· Braddan is the centre of a recent expansion of retail, light industry and technology
companies, attracted by the additional space and close proximity to Douglas, all of
which provide jobs, hugely benefitting the economy of the island as a whole
· Your decisions will be seen by a large proportion of the island’s population
· In the recently completed Area Plan for the East, more areas of the parish have been
earmarked for housing and commercial development, thereby increasing the population
and business opportunities even further
Opening of the 30 new local authority apartments for social housing at Mullen Doway, Union Mills in September 2021.
Strang Corner Field
Scheduled Opening in January 2023 – the new £6.8m Community Centre at Strang Corner Field, will include:-
· Coffee shop
· Multi-use sports hall
· Event venue
· Indoor soft play area
· Public playground
· Exercise track
You will have input into many aspects of the finished design and operation of the building.