£1.8m plan to re­vamp and ex­pand water­sports cen­tre

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk. @ETADAMU

A WATER­SPORTS cen­tre at a coun­try park in Peter­bor­ough is set to un­dergo a £1.8 mil­lion re­vamp which will see it al­most dou­ble in size.

Nene Park Trust has sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil for a re­fur­bish­ment and ex­ten­sion of the Ferry Mead­ows Water­sports Cen­tre.

The trust has said the scheme will be funded from its re­serves and will re­vamp a 30-year-old build­ing which “no longer meets the ex­pec­ta­tions of vis­i­tors”.

James Mccul­loch, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Nene Park Trust, said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be mov­ing for­ward with this ma­jor im­prove­ment project - the largest that the trust has ever car­ried out.

“The water­sports cen­tre and cafe are such an im­por­tant part of the Ferry Mead­ows ex­pe­ri­ence for our vis­i­tors and this project will give our one mil­lion vis­i­tors a year a wa­ter­side cafe and ac­tiv­ity cen­tre that is among the best in the coun­try.”

The work would see an ex­pan­sion of the cen­tre’s bar and cafe area, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of a much larger out­door deck­ing area ex­tend­ing to­wards the edge of the Gun­wade Lake.

It would also pro­vide new train­ing rooms, larger chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties, bet­ter stor­age for boat­ing equip­ment and bi­cy­cles, and an ex­ter­nal work­shop and stor­age unit for boats.

An im­proved glazed front of the build­ing mean­while would give cafe cus­tomers un­par­al­leled views over the lake, while a pri­vate func­tion room would be cre­ated next to the main din­ing area.

The ex­ist­ing water­sports and bike hire shop will be split up, cre­at­ing two shops.

Con­struc­tion on the re­fur­bish­ment is ex­pected to take around nine months and, plan­ning ap­proval pend­ing, the work should get un­der­way at some point in the next 12 to 18 months.

A trust spokes­woman said: “The trust is cur­rently look­ing at ways to en­sure that as much of the work as pos­si­ble takes place at the qui­eter time of year for the Park and that dis­rup­tion to vis­i­tors is min­imised.

“The ex­ist­ing build­ing is nearly 30 years old and no longer meets the ex­pec­ta­tions of vis­i­tors.

“The whole of the ex­ist­ing build­ing will get a makeover to al­most dou­ble the cur­rent space in the very pop­u­lar cafe and a new ex­ten­sion will in­crease ac­tiv­ity space by nearly 50 per cent giv­ing cy­cle hire and water­sports pro­vi­sion an ex­cit­ing boost.

“Chang­ing rooms and fa­cil­i­ties all get brought up to the very lat­est stan­dards with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion paid to all-abil­ity ac­cess. Out­side, the cen­tre gets a whole new wel­com­ing look which is per­fectly bal­anced with the sur­round­ing land­scape.”

PRO­POSAL: How the Water­sports Cen­tre would look if the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion from Nene Park Trust is ac­cepted. PICTURE: MABER AR­CHI­TECTS

CUR­RENT: How the Water­sports Cen­tre looks at the mo­ment.

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