Hove Ice Rink

Hove Ice Rink

Well its official ! After about 18 months of wasted time and money we were finally granted planning permission for a pop up ice rink at the British Engineerium. The ice rink which is 32metres long by 14.5 metres wide will be operating between 1st November  and 28th February. Whilst Brighton has the wonderful Pavilion ice rink Hove has no local option and we are right in the middle of a huge catchment area. Many Hove residents will be simply walking distance from this facility and we are extremely lucky to be served by excellent public transport facilities. We are now actively seeking a competent ice rink operator for the coming season and have tasked Fleurets with vetting candidates. Anyone interested in registering their interest should contact Nick Earee  their divisional director by email to nick.earee@fleurets.com .
We hope to be able to offer this facility year on year both now and when we reopen the British Engineeriumfollowing its current refurbishment. The work of which is proceeding well although of course never fast enough for me. This facility will become a real asset to the city. We will celebrate the engineering achievements of Great Britain with an important focus placed particularly on Sussex. It will also continue to be a place of learning where working with local schools and colleges engineering students can obtain invaluable hands on experience. Our objective is to be open as soon as possible. This will not happen until everything is 100% complete, however I do hope that will be in 2016 which will be our 150th anniversary since first opening as Hove’swater pumping station.
We at the British Engineerium welcome the planned change of our immediate neighbour from Co-op to Waitroseand feel it will be good for our area. However the rumour that one of the large department stores is poised to take over the grounds currently housing the dog track does concern me. People need to enjoy themselves and it can’t all be about shops and restaurants. Take away the pubs, shops and restaurants in our fair city then take away the beach and there really aint a lot else. You have the Sea Life Centre, the pier and the pavilion, a museum without much about Brighton in it, a little toy museum up under the station and that’s about it. There will be some councillor jumping up and down by now saying “what about the parks?” Well they are all pretty naff as well with inadequate parking and pathetic facilities so don’t even go there.
However whilst we are on the subject of parks lets just touch on Stanmer Park. My company Cherrywood restoredStanmer House and the courtyard development. We are currently restoring the stable block to form eight houses for rental. Cherrywood have so far received two major Heritage awards of which we are rightly proud. We are taking back the rural museum which we leased to the worse than useless Stanmer Preservation Society who have only managed to open for half a day a week during the summer months. We have have retained all the wonderful volunteers who are looking forward to a bright future under the management of The British Engineerium Trust. Admission will still be free although we will ask for donations to fund the work of the volunteers and we will be open six days a week with closure only on Mondays. We will be taking control of the museum from 14th Aprilwhen the Stanmer Preservation Society have to vacate. We were hoping this would be a seamless operation but a handful of the very spiteful people within that organisation have busied themselves by removing most of the artefact’s. However there is nothing like a good clear out from time to time and contrary to being upset I am actually quite pleased because a lot of the items on display were not of much relevance and we have plenty to replace them with whilst we build up a really interesting collection. If anyone reading this has any rural artefact’s that they would like to donate or loan for display we will always be grateful although we can only take items that will be of interest. Anyone who thinks they can help please contact the museum manager Nick Spice atnickspice@hotmail.co.uk