Historic North East housing company BRIMS Construction is to receive the royal stamp of approval for its work on a new £3m health and community facility in Tyneside.
HRH Princess Anne will unveil a plaque to mark the opening of the Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre in South Shields, during a visit to the town next week.
The new centre was built by Sunderland-based Brims, funded by South Tyneside Council and NHS Property Services, and is managed on the council’s behalf by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle. It replaces the former community centre which closed last year and features a 3G artificial sports pitch, gym and sports hall and offers youth activities, events and rooms for hire.
As well as a GP surgery and dentist practice, the centre also has a South Tyneside Homes housing office to offer integrated services to the local community.
Richard Wood, director of Brims Construction, said: “We are pleased to have been involved in developing such an important community facility and delighted to hear it will be opened by a member of the Royal Family.”
Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “The work undertaken by Brims Construction is of the highest quality and we are delighted with the results. With its state-of-the-art facilities and flexible spaces, the centre provides a real focal point for the local community. It will serve our residents well for many years to come and is sure to make a real difference in helping them to lead healthier lives.”
Last year, the company, which was founded in 1882, unveiled its Brims Homes brand and website as part of its diversification into a wider range of construction projects. The company is responsible for some of the region’s premier buildings including the Co-operative Building on Newcastle Quayside, which is now the home of the Malmaison Hotel.
In the last few years it has carried out residential developments. It also worked on a £3m revamp of Pearl Assurance House in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, after its £6m redevelopment of the Toffee Factory in Newcastle received a number of prestigious awards in 2012.