Community space destroyed in Grenfell Tower fire to be rebuilt

Community space destroyed in Grenfell Tower fire to be rebuilt

A boxing gym was destroyed in the fire

Monday, March 26, 2018

The community space which was destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire is to be rebuilt by DIY SOS.

Work has already started on the project, which will rebuild the boxing gym which was previously at the bottom of the tower in North Kensington.

The new facility is to be used by Dale Youth Boxing Academy, which has previously taught world champion George Groves and James DeGale, who won the 2008 Olympic middleweight title.

Youngsters currently using the club train at a makeshift facility in a nearby car park.​

There will also be a community hub created as part of the project, which will be housed in space beneath the Westway (A40), just a few metres away from the location of the tower.

Before choosing the site producers of DIY SOS conducted a six-month consultation with local residents.

Sensitivities are high around building safety in the aftermath of the fire, as a refurbishment of Grenfell Tower is suspected of aiding the rapid spread of the blaze.

Presenter Nick Knowles said a new sprinkler system will be installed. "It is not actually required," he said. "We are making our own judgement above and beyond what is required, because it is important the people that have been through such a disaster feel safe and secure in whatever we build for them.

"It became apparent that it wasn't just the people who were in the building that had been affected. This is a community that has been affected and they wanted something that would be for the community."

DIY SOS is putting out a call for donations of building supplies and interiors for the project, as well as volunteers. To help, contact diysos@bbc.co.uk