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Former Scout member Bob Neal from MLM provides a helping hand to Third Brentwood Scout Group

Former Scout member Bob Neal from MLM provides a helping hand to Third Brentwood Scout Group - News - MLM

In October 2016, Bob Neal, Principal Building Control Surveyor, was approached to provide Building Control services on a renovation project for the HQ of Third Brentwood Scout Group.

The group used to meet in an old dilapidated classroom behind Brentwood Cathedral, until these premises became unserviceable in 2010. In recent years, they moved to a disused sports pavilion on King George’s playing field, which they had initially renovated to create one large hall for group meetings.

The next stage was to extend the hall and provide better facilities. They were fortunate to receive grants and lottery funding, in addition to their own fundraising, to progress the project and approached local companies to provide pro-bono services. Bob, a former member of the group, was approached to see if MLM Building Control could help with the refurbishment. Matt Wisbey of the Chelmsford team agreed with Bob that MLM Building Control could provide services on a pro-bono basis and gave the go-ahead to support the cause.

Bob has been involved from the start of the project in November 2016, right through to the present, where the works are nearing completion. The majority of the work is being carried out by volunteers and construction professionals in their own time. The building is now twice its original size and comprises of a fully equipped kitchen, two toilets and a large secure storeroom for the group’s equipment.

Bob Neal comments:

“I felt honoured when I was approached by the Scout Group in 2016 regarding this project. As a former Scout who attended this group in the 90’s I was more than pleased to offer a helping hand. It’s a privilege to be able to give something back to the local community that will provide enhanced opportunities for the youth of today and tomorrow.”

We look forward to the grand opening, scheduled to happen in the Spring 2020.

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