thecentre:mk owner Hermes Real Estate helps Milton Keynes get its skates on

02/10/2013

thecentre:mk owner Hermes Real Estate helps Milton Keynes get its skates on
 
Milton Keynes residents will be able to skate on despite the closure of the city’s ice rink – after thecentre:mk owners, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Limited (HREIML), stepped in and offered a temporary home to MKIce.
 
From Monday 28th October 2013,the former Waitrose supermarket in Midsummer Boulevard will be transformed by thecentre:mk team into a fully functioning ice skating rink that will be open to the public.
 
Hermes Real Estate, which took control of thecentre:mk in June this year, has provided not-for-profit body MKIce a rent-free temporary home, after being contacted by Milton Keynes Council, which was desperate to help the team secure its future. Hermes Real Estate is also making a financial contribution towards the installation of the ice rink to help get it off the ground.
 
The move will also secure the future of a number of ice skating clubs for young people, including junior ice hockey side MK Storm and the MK Figure Skating Club.
 
The rink will be run by volunteers from MKIce and be open for at least a year, so that no one misses out while the city’s main ice rink shuts its doors for a re-development. 
 
Ben Tolhurst of Hermes Real Estate, said: “We know just how important the ice rink is to the many hundreds of local people who use it every week, so we were absolutely delighted that we were able to help when the Council called.
 
“It has been all systems go in the last few weeks while we race to transform an empty supermarket into a venue fit for an ice rink. We are really looking forward to hosting the rink and this is an excellent example of how volunteer groups, the local council and private companies can really work together when we put our minds to it.”
 
MKIce is in the process of building links with schools and other community groups so that as many people as possible have the chance to try their hand at skating.
 
Dave Fairhurst, team boss of MK Thunder ice hockey team and Chairman of MKIce Ltd said: “I cannot thank Hermes Real Estate enough for going out of their way to make this scheme a reality. There has been a small army of volunteers, from builders and plumbers to electricians, and keen helpers, who have made this project successful.
 
“MKIce is going to be a community rink, run by volunteers from the community for all of Milton Keynes and the local area. The use of the building shows what a community working together can achieve. It is only a temporary facility but we love it and we want as many people as possible to enjoy it.”
 
 
 
To find out more about the new rink visit www.mkice.org
 
Notes to Editors:
•       The official opening of the rink will be on November 2 and it will be open to the public in time for half term in the week beginning Monday October 28.
•       The ice rink will be 40m x 20m in size
•       A number of amateur and youth teams will use the rink including:
o   MK Thunder - National Ice Hockey League Div 1
o   MK Falcons - Womens Premier Division
o   MK Storm - Under 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s
o   MK Jesters - Recreational Ice Hockey (adults)
o   MK Rumble - Recreational Ice Hockey (adults)
o   MK Hurricanes - Recreational Ice Hockey (adults)
o   MK Storm Wreck - Recreational Ice Hockey (adults)
o   MK Figure Skating Club
 
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