ISSUE: Ashlone Wharf

Ashlone Wharf - users to see results of architects' studies 

Council promises full consultation on riverside development plans

Architects working on design options for Ashlone Wharf in Putney are expected to be ready to discuss their detailed proposals with boathouse users by Easter. David Morley Architects have been consulting the users on different ways of tackling the major structural problems at the former corporation depot.

The building is currently let to two youth river groups and a local boatyard.

Council leader Edward Lister said the studies had been carried out thoroughly with great attention paid to the concerns of the current user. He stated:

" The council places enormous value on the work of the youth river club and the sea cadets who use the building. We also recognise the unique contribution made by Chas Newens Boatyard to Putney's riverside and of the course the University Boat Race which is fast approaching.

"I have written to all three users keeping them up to date with progress and assuring them of the council's continued support for their activities."

The architects are also working with Wandsworth and Richmond councils on proposals for new sporting facilities at Barn Elms.

Their brief is to examine in conjunction with the users three main options for the boathouse building:

  • essential repairs - making the building safe but with limited scope for offering improved uses
  • partial refurbishment with some new-build - retaining the best features of the existing structure and providing some enhanced facilities
  • complete redevelopment - to a sympathetic design and making full use of the site to offer enhanced facilities

The council has said that any options would be the subject of full consultation - first with the existing users and then with the local community.

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