Phase 1 of our New HQ Initiative
The 1st phase of our new HQ project is to renovate & extend our jetties and build a new boatyard during 2018.
After over 50 years of use the two slipways, and three jetties, which provide us and members of the community with access to the water, are showing signs of wear.
One slipway and one of the jetties are now unusable through degradation and erosion of the riverbank (accelerated through the disturbance caused by the Charter Bridge foundations).
The other slipway, although concrete above the water, was timber below which is now rotted away. It is also too steep to meet modern safety guidelines as it currently sits. We also need to extend the length of our jetties to allow us to return an old storage yard back to parkland further along the river (at the former Sailing Club), from where we currently launch some of our boats on an old jetty.
To continue to provide safe access to the river for young people and members of the public, who will continue to have open access to the jetties, the Group needs to take urgent and immediate action.
We secured our final funding for the jetty redevelopment thanks to a huge £82k grant from WREN having raised over £125k! The Jetty redevelopment began on Monday 20th August and was completed on 14th September 2018.
You can see the before and after photographs below to see the transformation that has taken place!
In November 2018 we continued with the construction of the fencing and boatyard next to our hut thanks to £10k donation from Warwick Rotary Club and £20k from National Grid.
We have also now re-located our boats from the sailing club and the land will be returned to parkland in due course.
This work has now completed and our Phase 1 completed!
We now need to raise the final funds for Phase 2: New HQ in 2020!