Inspiring Business by Sharing Success

Celebrations at Leics charity's rehab centre as offical opening draws near

PROUD project partners from across the Midlands construction scene gathered on site at the state-of-the-art Get Busy Living Centre in Leicestershire this week (20 September) to celebrate its official completion.

The Matt Hampson Foundation’s Get Busy Living Centre, near to Melton Mowbray, has seen the transformation of a former aircraft hangar into a state-of-the-art facility for those who have suffered life-changing injury through sport, like former Leicester Tigers prop Matt in 2005.

70 businesses, many of them local to the centre, contributed to the build and representatives gathered at the centre to celebrate the completion of the centre, with both Matt Hampson and a number of former Leicester Tigers and England rugby players in attendance, including Graham Rowntree, George Chuter, Louis Deacon and Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold.

Foulkes-Arnold, whose architecture practice Corporate Architecture designed the facility, said:

“It has certainly been a very interesting and touching project to be involved in, particularity as I have a proud history in rugby myself. We’ve transformed this iconic building into a sustainable site for decades to come and it has been a privilege to be part of the build. It is a success all around; I have loved being a part of it and look forward to seeing it in use.”

Nick Heath, director of operations for the wider Midlands region at Willmott Dixon, the primary contractor for the Get Busy Living Centre, said:

“This has been an extraordinary project for us to work on and an outstanding example of collaborative working across both our supply chain and beyond to deliver a project that will almost certainly change the lives of those using the facility.

“I know every person within the firm that has met Matt has been completely humbled by his energy, eternal optimism and unwavering determination to help others. The centre has been his dream for a long time and now, we are very pleased to say, his reality.”

Matt Hampson, the driving force behind this new facility, suffered a life-changing accident during a training session with the England U20s squad in 2005 and set up the foundation to offer support and assistance to those who have also experienced similar life-changing events.

Speaking of the completion, Matt said:

“The Foundation relies on the generous support of so many people and we could not have reached this stage without the hard work and generosity of our project partners and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to those who have contributed to the build, whether it is materials and supplies or simply their time and expertise.

“The support we have received from these businesses has been absolutely invaluable and has allowed us to make our dream a reality – we simply wouldn’t be here without them. To our project partners, thank you for making this dream come true, this place is so special and really is changing people’s lives.”

The facility will be a home for injured athletes and their families where they can spend time with their families and build relationships with others in similar situations, as well as offering services such as physical rehabilitation. It will also house specialist rehabilitation and gym equipment for the Foundation’s beneficiaries.

The Get Busy Living Centre has been delivered by a number of local partners, many of which offered their time, services, materials and expertise for free, including:

Design and building partners: Corporate Architecture, Willmott Dixon, MDA Consulting, Couch Perry Wilkes, Salus, Derry Building Services and BSP Consulting

Funding and development partners: GRS Roadstone, Furniture Village, Atlas Foundation, The Bennie Group, Samworth Brothers and Bailey Wistow Trust

Supply Chain:

A Plant Hire, ACO Drainage,  Aggregate Industries, AHM Installations, AR Demolition, Aspex,  Bakers Waste, Barton Plant,  Bonham & Berry, Breedon,  Cartwright Communications, Central, Charnwood Fencing, Comms Buyer Network, cpmg, Craig Collins Paint Supply, Dalby Tree Care, Delta Laminates, Diamond Flooring, Elms Landscaping, Elmsmere Engineering, Forbo Flooring Systems, Gardens by June, GRK Contracting, Hideaway Studios,Holland Build, Interface, Interfuse Blocks, JP Tiling, Johnson Tiles, JSM Engineering, KC Automation, Kingspan Roofing, Leedate Waste Management, M D Property Developers, M J Robinson Steelwork, Markfield Work Tops, Marshalls, McGoven Crane Hire, Michael Smith Switchgear MSSL,Midlands Floor Screed, Miele, Morris Vermaport Lifts,  PAWE Developments,Peter Bennie, Phillip Dowse Interiors, Phil Hampson, Plaza Groundworks & Civils, Portakabin, Premier Audio Leicester, SAGE, Sainsbury’s, Scaffold Services, Sealability, Select Stone, Spectrum Decorating Services, Steve Wright Builders, Stuart Westmorland, Studwelders, T.I.Engraving, The Traditional Fencing Co, Tremco Illbruck, William Hercock Building Materials, Wysepower

The centre will be officially opened by former England international and Matt Hampson Foundation patron Mike Tindall next month.

For more information on the centre, please visit:

Get Busy Living Centre (cr - Neil Hoyle Photography)

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