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Work begins on jockey rehabilitation centre
PRELIMINARY work has begun on the multi-million pound project for a new rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys in Malton.
The Injured Jockey Fund’s (IJF) facility will be the charity’s second in the UK and its first in the north.
It will be named Jack Berry House, after the IJF’s vice-president who spearheaded fundraising for the project and will treat current and former jockeys while also providing facilities for other local sportsmen and women.
The first brick will be laid in November and the facility occupying a two-acre site next to Malton and Norton Rugby Club, is scheduled to open its doors in the autumn of 2014 – the IJF’s 50th anniversary year.
A single-storey state-of-the-art-building, it will include a gym, hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms and respite accommodation.
Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the IJF, said: “We are very excited that work is underway on Jack Berry House and that within the next 12 months, we will see the north with its own rehabilitation centre for jockeys.
“Fundraising is now beginning in earnest and we hope that the local as well as the wider community will continue to offer such great – and very much appreciated – support.”
The core professional team working on the project is made up of architects, Townscape Ltd, property and construction consultants, LHL Group, quantity surveyors, Derek Kershaw Partnership and Malton-based structural engineers, Maltech.
Nick Silcock, of Townscape Architects Ltd, said they were thrilled to be working on such a prestigious local project.
“The design for Jack Berry House blends state-of-the-art contemporary design with the historic qualities of Malton – a beautiful and traditional Yorkshire market town,” he said.
Alan Mitchell, of Maltech Structural and Civil Engineers, said: “As consulting engineers in Malton, we are proud to be working on such a prestigious project and a much needed facility for the horse racing industry.”
All fundraising inquires should be directed to Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01638 662246.