Meet the Contractor
There are so many people on site at Blackheath Halls at the moment and our contractors Sykes, employ people with a wealth of experience amongst them. That being the case, we thought it would be interesting to find out a little more about the team transforming our venue starting with Melvyn, the Site Manager!
1. Tell us a little bit about what you do at Sykes
Well I actually recently retired, so this is a bit of an encore! I’m overseeing the first few weeks on site, whilst our Site Manager, Paul finishes up a project at V&A Museum and he’ll take over from there. We’re in the early stages, with strip-out works now complete and scaffolding well underway.
2. How long have you been at Sykes and where are some of the notable sites you’ve worked on?
I joined Sykes over 15 years ago, starting at the Tate Modern. Over the years, I’ve been based at the likes of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London School of Economics and also the Royal Academy of Arts for a 4-year stint. I have worked everywhere from prisons to the Royal Palaces!
3. If you could name a seat in Blackheath Halls after anyone, who would it be and why?
I would name a seat in the Halls after Clive Mendonca, he was a Charlton Athletic footballer and he dragged Charlton out of the lower divisions back into the top league. Being a season ticket holder for many years, this made it all worthwhile going out in the rain and snow.
Who would you name a seat after? Take Your Seat at Blackheath Halls
For the very first time in it's rich 120 year history, Blackheath Halls are offering the opportunity to name a seat in the Great Hall with a plaque attached to one of the new raked seats as well as be named on our Supporters Board in the newly renovated bar areas.
All monies raised from this campaign will be supporting our campaign to Transform Blackheath Halls, ensuring that the venue remains a vibrant, creative venue, worthy of the creative talents it hosts for many years to come.
More information available here