A multi-million-pound redevelopment is on the cards for Sussex Yacht Club including replacement clubhouse and training centre, boatswain’s workshops and car park.
The planned development has come about as a result of the necessity to build a new flood wall and footpath to protect Shoreham town centre. Much of this will be built on land owned by SYC and currently the site of its clubhouse and facilities.
“The necessary demolition of these buildings means big changes for us at SYC,” explained Terry Kinch, club commodore. “We have been working in collaboration with the council to design a comprehensive and attractive scheme combining flood protection and improved access to the town centre with replacement and improved facilities for the club, which is an important base and training centre for a wide variety of water sports as well as a great social centre for local people.”
The club currently maintains and stores boats of all sizes together with organising rallies and racing.
It also has a diving section and is home to Sussex Sailability, supporting handicapped sailors of all abilities. A wide range of training courses are provided for all these activities.
The new building will be accessible for disabled people with ramps to the entrances and an internal lift and is also designed to be energy efficient, unlike the present clubhouse which as Terry explained is an old converted workshop that is poorly insulated and expensive to maintain.
“We have aimed to produce a scheme which will blend modern and traditional features, and so complement and enhance Shoreham’s historic townscape, both in views from the town and in views across the river from Shoreham Beach,” he said.
“The new clubhouse will not be protected by the floodwall and is designed to be more flood resilient than our present building by constructing it on a raised plinth and incorporating flood resilient fixtures and fittings.”
The club was founded in 1892.
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