Ipswich Town FC chief executive Mark Ashton has cut the ribbon in the grand opening of a new workshop in the town.

The opening ceremony for Genesis Orwell Mencap's new workshop took place on Thursday.

The new Green Bike Project site in Wright Road will provide work experience for adults with learning disabilities, where they will be taught how to repair bicycles, which are then sold to support the charity’s work.

Led by Ipswich-based construction firm SEH French, the project was completed on a non-profit basis.

Other Suffolk businesses lent their support, including KLH Architects, Superstructures, tbf Scaffolding, Jarrolds, H2O Heating & Plumbing, Ace Bugg Brickwork, Ipswich Engineering, M&S Contractors, Brook Electrical, Plasufix, Cadman Flooring and S&G Industrial Roofing.

Ipswich Star: Mark Ashton and Rob HartMark Ashton and Rob Hart (Image: SEH French)

Rob Hart, chief executive of the charity, said: “Having this new facility is a huge milestone for Genesis and it would not be a reality without the crucial support of everyone involved.”

Completion of the project was made possible by the generosity of businesses involved who offered their services on a non-profit basis, as well as donations to the charity.

Neil Pryke, contracts manager at SEH French, said: “Projects like this are a great example of the brilliant community we have in Ipswich.

“We are thrilled to have been involved in the development of the new workshop, which provides a suitable year-round base for The Green Bike Project.

“Thank you to all the businesses who have contributed and offered their services without profits. We look forward to seeing the fantastic work of the charity reach even more people.”

Mr Ashton, who has been in his position since the summer of 2021, said: “It’s an amazing project, it’s at the heart of the local community.

“I’ve been in Ipswich for two and a half years now and I’ve been blown away by this amazing community and the way it works together.

“This type of project typifies this community and stakeholders – when people come together, they can achieve amazing things.”

Mayor of Ipswich councillor Lynn Mortimer added: “It is great to see so many people who have contributed to this fantastic project.

"SEH French and the other local businesses have done a fantastic job putting this building together. I send my thanks to everyone in this community who has contributed.”