THE Princess Royal officially opened the Greswolde-constructed £3.4 million Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Headquarters at Shrewley, Warwickshire.
HRH Princess Anne joined VIPs, RDA staff, volunteers and fund-raisers to celebrate a landmark day in the charity’s 50th anniversary year, as new National Training Centre Lowlands opened its doors on Wednesday June 12th.
RDA UK Chief Executive Ed Bracher praised Greswolde’s part in the development, which looks set to transform the charity’s operations:
“It has been a ten year vision to make this place happen and I’m incredibly grateful to all the people who have been involved, not least Greswolde Construction who have been a brilliant partner to work with.
“The development looks incredibly impressive and we couldn’t be more grateful for Greswolde’s hard work and flexibility, for enabling us to stay open throughout the building work and for carrying out the whole project without a single glitch.
“I was also delighted by the great relationship that was built up between our yard staff and the Greswolde site staff,” he added.
HRH Princess Anne, President of the RDA and Project Patron for the centre said at the opening ceremony she believes Lowlands will be an inspirational focal point for learning in the organisation:
“This is a centre for the future, which will allow us to make much better use of the experience and skills gained in the RDA over the past 50 years.
“Those who responded to the challenge of raising funds should pat themselves on the back for what they have achieved,” she said.
The new purpose-built two storey training centre, includes spacious office and some overnight accommodation.
New facilities also include a major renovation of space adjoining the indoor school to provide a covered gallery with raked seating for 100 plus classroom, break out rooms and new outdoor arena.
Greswolde Managing Director Malcolm Priest said: “We worked very carefully to ensure the work of the RDA wasn’t disrupted during the months we were on site.
“We are delighted to have delivered this important project in the charity’s 50th anniversary year and to be present at the official opening to witness how the development will contribute to the inspiring work carried out there.”