Judy Murray serves a surprise to Hardies at the grand opening of the renovated tennis pavilion

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SCOTTISH tennis coach Judy Murray gave Hardies Property & Construction Consultants a surprise appearance at the unveiling of the refurbished pavilion of local community sports club, Longniddry Tennis Club in East Lothian.

Having previously been involved in court resurfacing and new floodlights, Hardies returned to the baseline as part of its corporate social responsibility activities to undertake the initial design, extension and refurbishment of a pavilion existing traditional tennis courts, offering an open space, a clubhouse area, separate men’s and women’s changing rooms, accessible toilets and an equipment room.

The front elevation includes folding doors, providing a view of the courts. Once the proposals were finalized, the statutory authorizations were obtained, assisted by Robert Lessels, structural engineer.

Work began in late 2020 and presented many challenges, including COVID-19, which extended timelines.

The original contractor was unable to complete the work and as a result the majority of the work was undertaken by All Aspects Building & Construction, overseen by Hardies Property & Construction Consultants partner David Vince.

“The grand opening was earlier this month and a surprise attendee was Judy Murray, who was contacted on social media,” Mr Vince said.

“The event, which kicked off the new facility for a busy training schedule, included a 12-hour tennisathon, and Ms Murray hosted a training session enjoyed by local children and adults. It was a fantastic success!

The project would not have been possible without the support of a number of organizations including grants and interest free loans from Sport Scotland, East Lothian Council, LTA Co Op Good Causes, Tesco Community Grant, Wemyss and March Estates , The Matthew Good Foundation, Viridor Credits and Foundation Scotland, as well as significant efforts and fundraising with club members and the local community.

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