Underhill Development Set To Commence

Work on improvements at Underhill Park is set to begin.

Work on improvements at Underhill Park is set to begin. Mumbles Community Council (MCC) has increased its financial support for the Go Underhill project to cover a £365,000 shortfall following a significant rise in construction costs over the last 18 months. This funding is in addition to a previously agreed amount of £875,000.

This additional commitment together with contributions from The National Lottery Communities Fund, the Welsh Government Community Facilities Programme, and WRU will ensure that the building of new changing rooms, a new Community Hub & Café, and new public toilets will go ahead.

“It is fantastic to see the last piece of the puzzle put in. A lot of hard work from many people has gone into making this happen, Underhill has a bright future.” Commented Cllr Will Thomas.

With the contract now formally awarded, TAD Builders will begin preparations to get onto the site in Underhill Park, with a start planned for 17 January 2022. Work is expected to take around 12 months.

Cllr Dr. Martin O'Neill, Chair of Mumbles Community Council said, "It is fantastic that we have finally managed to get this project over the line. As local residents with a long enough memory will recall this project has been some twenty years in gestation and the fact that we have finally got there is testament to the incredible work put in by all those involved. The increase to the final build cost precipitated by factors outside of our control and which no one could have foreseen was the final hurdle on this long journey but with commitment and co-operation, we managed to address this issue. Mumbles can now look forward to some much-needed improvement of facilities at Underhill Park."

The last element of phase 1 of the development is a new floodlit all-weather pitch (AWP). This can only be delivered once the main building work has been completed. Whilst MCC has removed its formal commitment to grant £325,000 towards the cost of the AWP in order to provide the additional funding needed to enable the construction contract to commence, the Council has reaffirmed its commitment to exploring future options for funding this element of the development. With all parties working together, it is hoped that funding for the AWP can be secured in time for work to start on it soon after the new buildings have been completed.

Chair of Mumbles Community Association, Simon Tse, said, “We are ecstatic that we’ve been able to let the construction contract, even though this is not as comprehensive as we had hoped for. We are relieved that we are finally going to see the first part of the plans delivered, grateful to all our funders but in particular to Mumbles Community Council, and so excited for the people of Mumbles.

The efforts made to get to this point have been incredible and I can’t thank everyone who has been involved enough. This development truly will be by the community, for everyone.”

For further information on the project, visit: go-underhill.com/