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Braddan Commissioners face decision over £7 million community center

Impression of proposed Strang Cornerfield development

Three bids submitted to construct new facilities

Braddan Commissioners are facing the prospect of paying millions of pounds more than first estimated to build a community centre adjacent to Noble's Hospital.

Three bids of around £7 million have been submitted by contractors willing to construct the complex, which includes a new local authority office and a multi-purpose hall for sports and public events.

The tender result comes despite efforts by commissioners to reduce the cost of the 'Strang Corner Field' project, which was initially around £4 million.

Plans for the site, which is adjacent to the Palatine Health Centre, include provision for childcare, a pharmacy, gym, dental practice and other facilities.

The authority first purchased the land from the government almost two decades ago, with a view to providing a 'much needed' community centre in the parish.

Commissioners will consider the three tenders on Thursday (7 April) at meeting held via Skype.

Authority chairman Andrew Jessopp admits the £7 million figure is high, and members need to decide whether the investment will be value for money.

He explained the costs to Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne:

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