7 April 2017
Image credit: Ellis Williams Architects
An exciting new watersports hub in Chester is set go ahead after our Manchester planning team secured a resolution to grant permission this week. The Chester Community Watersports Hub is a partnership project that will create a multi-sports facility on Chester’s River Dee for the benefit of the wider community. It will provide a new home for canoeing and rowing clubs and also a daytime activity programme for people new to canoeing, kayaking and rowing.
The scheme involves the demolition of the existing boathouse and the building of a watersports hub with associated parking, access, landscaping and plant. The planning application was submitted in November 2016.
Recommending approval, the planning officer commented: “The proposed building will significantly improve the appearance of the site and provide for much needed improved rowing facilities.”
Working with Ellis Williams Architects for Cheshire West and Chester Council, we provided a full range of multi-disciplinary services, including planning, highways, C&S, M&E, and environmental services such as ecology, landscape, arboricultural, heritage, and noise.
Paul Shuker, head of WYG’s Manchester planning team, said: “We are delighted to be able to secure this important facility, which will help elevate Chester’s position in the watersports hierarchy. The design team has successfully overcome a number of complex issues in this sensitive environment and developed a functional and flexible building that will deliver improved community access and participation in watersports activities for all."
Alison Knight, Director of Place Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The positive planning decision is a major step towards a new watersports hub, to provide much needed modern facilities for a wide range of river users. The plans have been heralded as placing Chester alongside Oxford for watersports facilities.”
The Watersport Hub involves many partners including Queens Park High School, Queen’s Park High School Rowing Club, Deva Canoe Club, Chester Riverside Canoe Club, Cheshire Scouting Association and Royal Chester Rowing Club.
The project is supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Chester Growth Partnership, Active Cheshire, British Rowing and British Canoeing. As part of the project, a new Cheshire Youth Watersports Partnership has also been set up to provide new opportunities for schools and young people to participate in watersports.