Turning plans into reality took a great step forward this week with the announcement of a £250,000 grant which would allow work to begin on the next phase of the Gloucester Boathouse development project. Gloucester Boathouse Ltd (which is the company formed to manage and run the new facility) put out the following news release:
Gloucester Boathouse Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Flagship Project status and a grant of £250,000 by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Company towards its project to build a new boathouse at Hempsted in Gloucester. The award is funded by landfill tax contributions donated by Cory Environmental through the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Company.
Jonathan Garner, a Director of the Gloucester Boathouse company, expressed his very sincere thanks to the Gloucester Environmental Trust for this award & said that “We are delighted & very excited to receive this award which is a major step towards allowing us to realise our vision to build a new hub for watersports in Gloucester. The project has been many years in planning & we are now just realising that our dream will start to become a reality in the coming months.”
The Gloucester Boathouse will be a new purpose built boathouse with associated amenities to provide facilities for water sports, meeting the needs of participants of all ages, abilities & backgrounds from across Gloucestershire. It will become a centre of excellence in rowing & canoeing, the regional adaptive rowing centre & will support significant growth in recreational paddle sports. The boathouse will be built on land owned by Gloucester Boathouse Ltd adjacent to the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal at Hempsted. A landing stage has already been built & the project has the full support of the Canal & River Trust, British Rowing, Canoe England & Gloucester City Council. The project is also seeking financial support from Sport England & local businesses.