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Improvement works at Willen Lake are back underway

Date Posted:06/05/2020

The improvement works at Willen Lake are due to resume this week (Monday 4th May 2020).

Appointed construction firm Ashe Construction, have been working over recent weeks to develop safe working practices and environments for their staff which complies with government advice in relation to the outbreak of coronavirus and now they and The Parks Trust, who are funding the scheme deem it safe for work to continue as planned at Willen Lake.

These improvement works are the second phase to happen at Willen Lake and will involve the construction of an impressive new building, designed by Q2 Architects, situated on the edge of the lake.  The building will house a purpose-built watersports centre with state-of-the-art facilities for customers including; modern changing rooms, showers and additional toilets.  This centre 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 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.

The building will be fully accessible, with level access, lifts, accessible toilets and baby change facilities.  Furthermore, we are pleased to announce the inclusion of a full Changing Places facility in this building.  This is in addition to the accessible toilets and will accommodate people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people with severe disabilities.  For more information visit: www.changing-places.org

The construction of this impressive new building will be undertaken by Ashe. Ashe Construction manages the design and build construction of buildings for public and private sector clients. From their head office in Hertfordshire they serve a great diversity of markets and industries on new construction, internal and external refurbishment, alterations, and fit-outs.

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. 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.

To keep up to date with developments and to find out more please visit: www.willenlake.org.uk/phasetwo
 

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