Keith Pordum, Vice-Chair of the Manor Royal BID, joined Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, The People’s Pension, on 28 April 2017 to officially open ‘The Terrace’ – a peaceful outdoor ‘pocket park’ located at the end of Manor Royal road at the junction with London Road.
The opening ceremony saw members of the Manor Royal BID Board and local business people gather to announce ‘The Terrace’ officially open. Designed to provide outdoor space for those who work nearby – The Terrace is now an ideal place for alfresco meetings, relaxing lunchtime breaks or simply a breath of fresh air. Converted from a patch of unused land, the area provides seating, public art, a new planting scheme and even an outdoor table tennis table for local employees to enjoy.
Conceived and delivered by the Manor Royal BID, the project has been funded via BID Levy funds, a section 106 contribution from Crawley Borough Council and sponsorship from B&CE, The People’s Pension, whose offices are located adjacent to the site.
Keith Pordum, Vice-Chair of the Manor Royal BID is enthusiastic for what the opening of The Terrace will do for Manor Royal Business District. He said: “In recent months, we have seen several new and exciting high density developments taking shape on Manor Royal. We wanted to complement these by creating a new area of outdoor space,” he said. “It is fitting that work on site here began on 9 January 2017, the 70th anniversary of Crawley becoming a new town,”
Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, The People’s Pension, is delighted to be part of the new pocket park: “We are always looking for new ways to make a positive impact on our local community, so we are delighted to support the Manor Royal BID with this new and innovative project. It’s provided us with a great opportunity to improve the natural environment around us, and to give something back to our employees and those that work around here. With the summer months fast approaching, I’m looking forward to seeing people making the most of this new outdoor space.”
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council said: “We are delighted to have supported the Manor Royal BID to create this wonderful space that will enhance the well-being and enjoyment of people working in the Manor Royal Business District.”