celebrations mark re launch of Ashlone Wharf
Embankment was the scene of celebrations on Sunday with the
return of the Wandsworth Youth River Club to their home at
Ashlone Wharf. The youngsters are returning to a massively
improved riverside home after the council invested £400,000
in refurbishing the former corporation depot that has been
their base for 25 years.
well as providing a home for the WYRC, Ashlone Wharf provides
a base for the 4th Streatham Sea Scouts and the internationally-known
Chas Newens boatyard, which plays a prominent role in the
annual university boat race.
celebrations saw the building officially reopened by the Mayor
of Wandsworth Cllr Leslie McDonnell in a ceremony attended
by the leader of the council Edward Lister, local councillors
and representatives from the Royal Navy and the Port of London
the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to reopen Ashlone
Wharf, the Mayor then launched three new boats belonging
to the WYRC by naming them in traditional maritime style
with a bottle of champagne.
of the WYRC then took to their new boats to perform a series
of nautical manoeuvres on the Thames as part of the celebrations.
building has undergone major structural works to improve health
and safety and also benefited from a complete internal refit
which has provided new toilets as well as increasing the amount
of interior space for the building's users. Extensive repairs
were also carried out to remedy defects in Ashlone Wharf's
improvements were carried out to repair and clean brickwork,
while new velux windows and improved insulation have been
provided in the roof slopes along with a new slate covering
for all roof areas. New boat access points have also been
introduced leading onto the embankment and to the side of
the building which fronts the adjacent weir.
Council leader Edward Lister said: "I am delighted that
the building works have gone exceptionally well and that Ashlone
Wharf is now in a much better state than it was just over
a year ago.
exterior of the building has been smartened up considerably
while it's difficult to appreciate from the outside the sheer
scale of the changes that have gone on inside. Each of the
three groups who call Ashlone Wharf their home now have much
bigger and brighter accommodation for all their activities."
Waddingham, chairman of the WYRC, added: "As a result of the
council's efforts, we now have an outstanding building of
which both the council and the club can be proud. "We are
keen to see it utilised to the full for youth organisations
across the borough and to this end welcome approaches from
youth leaders who would like to offer boat training and activities
on the Thames from a unique base."