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Comic Relief- RDA Arena, Blackdycke Farm, Carlisle

Andrews Bowen, Comic Relief, BT Vision and Clare Balding team up to provide a new Arena for Riding For The Disabled, Carlisle

At short notice Andrews Bowen were contacted by the Riding For The Disabled, Carlisle Group. They wanted to build an arena in 5 days to be filmed by BT Vision for Comic Relief. The RDA group would retain the use of the surface after the project. We at Andrews Bowen love a challenge! We agreed to substantially subsidise, manufacture and install a 40 x 20 metre arena, in a disused car park at Blackdycke Farm, to give something worthwhile back to the community. After a major reshuffle of work loads, the project was completed within the 5 days and was formally opened by Clare Balding on the Sunday evening.

Mark Palmer of the Carlisle RDA comments:

"I would like to thank the Andrews Bowen team for the professional manner in which the work was undertaken to create an arena for Carlisle RDA. Rarely do I find a contractor who is able to undertake such a task in the time frame given and also be very efficient from the start, Clare Balding and the filming team from Comic Relief were blown away when they saw what we had achieved. Hopefully this is just the start for us, we will look in the near future to build an office and classroom at the end of the arena. Thank you all on behalf of Carlisle RDA for a first class job"

David Andrews and Simon Bowen comment:

" It was great to be involved in a project that meant so much to so many people. The volunteers that run RDA groups, work tirelessly for the groups for free, so it was great we could be involved with a project that will have a legacy for years to come"


Date posted: 29/07/2013

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