Connor’s Court Multi-use Games Area, Rottingdean
24th November 2014
A new all weather multi-use games area (MUGA) has opened on the Undercliff at Rottingdean in East Sussex. The facility comprises a sports court with 5-a-side football, basketball, cricket and two mini Brazilian football pitches for small children.
Built on the site of the former open air swimming pool, decommissioned approximately 25 years ago, the games area has been named after a local teenager, Connor Saunders who was tragically killed in 2012 at the age of 19. Connor’s friends suggested the idea of a games area to the Play Area in Rottingdean Committee (PARC) as they wanted a permanent reminder of their friend at the site where they used to play football.
PARC, a local Rottingdean Charity set up to raise funds for play facilities for children and teenagers, worked tirelessly to obtain the finance for the works using their Charity shops at the end of Rottingdean High Street. PARC continue to work in the community with many other projects planned, for which funds are being raised.
Connor’s Court opened in September and has been well received by all, with a planned official opening in the Spring ready for the summer. Connor was a keen supporter of Chelsea Football Club and the ball court is finished in both blue and yellow, the home and away colours for the Club.
The ball court is located in what can be an aggressive environment leading almost directly on to the beach. The surface and materials for the court have been carefully chosen to provide the best long lasting products that can be found.
MacConvilles provided Building Surveying services, taking the initial ideas and obtained Planning Permission for the scheme. Using this, a detailed specification was prepared against which the works were managed and overseen on site.
Structural Renovations traditionally a concrete repair company were the main contractor preparing the base and applying the play surface.
Russell Play provided the ball court, which is finished in MarineGalv coated in a high quality polyester powder coat finish used for North Sea oil rigs.
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