Work to resume on new £5m watersports centre in Milton Keynes

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The Parks trust has deemed it safe for contractors to resume building the new watersports centre at Willen Lake this week.

Ashe Construction has developed safe working practices and environments for their staff to comply with government coronavirus restrictions.

They and The Parks Trust, who are funding the scheme, feel it is now safe for work to continue as planned.

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The works are the second phase of the improvement scheme at Willen Lake and will involve the construction of an impressive new building, designed situated on the edge of the lake.

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The building will house a purpose-built watersports centre with state-of-the-art facilities including modern changing rooms, showers and additional toilets.

It will be the hub for all watersports activities at Willen Lake by bringing them under one roof. It will also be home to popular activity, Aqua Parcs, the inflatable water course on the lake.

The disabled accessible building will include a new café and restaurant, which will offer dining options on both the ground and first floor. The restaurant will offer stunning views across the lake and the opportunity to dine alfresco, says the Parks Trust.

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Andrew Morris, Director of Ashe Construction says: ‘We are delighted to be re-mobilising the construction works on this exciting project. The recent events have served as a timely reminder of how important our green open spaces and recreational facilities are for our wellbeing.

He added: "We look forward to the completion of the project because we are confident, we will then be in a place where the facilities can be utilised to their full potential, where friends and families can meet up and enjoy being together in the beautiful setting that Willen Lake affords."

Phase two of the improvement work is due to be completed in time for the 2021 summer season. The improvements will be entirely funded by The Parks Trust, the independent charity that cares for the greenspace in Milton Keynes.

The scheme is financed by The Trust’s endowment fund which enables the charity to make investments that provide the income to maintain and improve the parks. All income generated from activities and car parking at Willen Lake contribute to this.

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