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Testwood Aquativity Centre

A purpose-built boating centre
Built and managed by Eling Sea Scouts
A 21st Century Scout Headquarters and Water Activities Centre
 But we still need your help, now to complete the fitting out of the building and the grounds, including fencing and paving!
If you think you can help in any way please get in touch.

To keep fully up to date on developments and for more details about the construction work then see our Blog below.
Aquativity News

Why are we not building yet?

Many of you may be reading this blog and thinking - so you've got (most of) the money for phase 1, you've got a design and you've had planning permission for a while - what are you waiting for?

Building Design

So, what will this building look like?  And what will it provide?

It has been designed for consistency with the wildlife centre run by the wildlife trust up on the top of the hill.  The site is fairly sensitive, being a picturesque nature reserve, so we have taken care to blend in.  Here's an artist's my impression of what the building might look like.

The design is for a 2 storey building.  The foundation is a concrete raft supporting a timber frame, with cladding walls and slate roof.  Shuttered windows will add security, and parking spaces, including designated disabled parking, will be provided right next to the building.

Money Matters

Ok, so let's talk about funding.

The total building project for Aquativity is expected to cost in the region of £250,000, based on current design and costings.  This is split into two phases:
  • Phase 1 is to build the shell of the building, connect to utilities, and kit out the ground floor to the point where we can start using it for boating - a boat store with changing, toilets and showers.  Phase 1 will cost approx. £150,000
  • Phase 2 kits out the rest of the building so we can also use both floors for Scouting - large meeting hall, side rooms, kitchen facilities, storage.  Phase 2 will cost a further approx. £100,000
We have been busy raising money for many years and now have, in the bank, £80,000 (to a fair approximation).  This has come from a combination of sources, but primarily lots of hard work on the part of many people.

    First Post - The project to date

    Welcome to the Aquativity blog, also known as The Road to Aquativity.

    Future posts will be, as you might expect, updates on what is happening day to day on the project.  But many of you might know little or nothing about Aquativity, so it might be worth using this first post for a potted history of the project so far...