Contractor announced for Ilfracombe skate park

PLANS for a new skateboard park in Ilfracombe have moved a step closer following the appointment of a contractor. Gravity Engineering Ltd has been selected to construct the facility in Larkstone, Ilfracombe by North Devon Council with the help of Ilfraco

PLANS for a new skateboard park in Ilfracombe have moved a step closer following the appointment of a contractor.

Gravity Engineering Ltd has been selected to construct the facility in Larkstone, Ilfracombe by North Devon Council with the help of Ilfracombe Skate Committee - the Concrete Surfers Federation.

Short-listed companies presented to members of the federation who then quizzed them on possible designs, features and ideas. The council, in consultation with the group, then chose the contractor they felt could create the best skate park for their needs.

Lead Member for Community and Leisure, Councillor Dick Jones, said: "North Devon Council aims to provide recreational facilities that meet the needs of its users. By working alongside local groups like the Concrete Surfers Federation the council is able to do this. Now the contractor has been appointed for the skate park the plans can really get moving."


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Nathan Rutherford, chairman of Concrete Surfers Federations, added: "I'm really excited and looking forward to starting work, and consultation to fine tune and shape the final details of the new skate park. We are extremely pleased with the progress that has been made so far, especially now as the final starting block to complete our long awaited skate park begins. We have so desperately wanted and needed this for a long time.

"We have confidence in Gravity and know the build and design quality and reliability of their work, as they built Rock Skate Park in Barnstaple. We can take the pros and cons and adapt and alter the aspects of that park and apply it to ours. The current and most recent plans and design we have been given by the team are almost already spot on."

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The contractors now have to submit planning permission with their final designs before work can begin. Work is expected to start during the summer and take between 10 and 12 weeks to complete.

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