New eco-friendly building makes a splash in Chichester

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An environmentally-friendly watersports centre in Chichester is holding a party to celebrate the opening of its new clubhouse.

The Chichester Watersports Centre, in Westhampnett, is now able to offer a function room and bar at its site off Coach Road.

The uniquely-designed wave-shaped building was built from 80 per cent recycled materials and offers a spectacular view over the 40-acre lake, from a large window, or out on the balcony.

The building, which will also offer new toilet and shower facilities when finished on the ground floor, has been slowly taking shape for the last year.

It represents a slow but steady growth for the business which was taken over by joint partners, Dave and Alison Parker and Lee and Julie Duggin, six years ago.

Mr Parker designed the building, and also works in the recycling industry.

He said: “It will be nice to see the local community making use of it, and we hope schools, colleges, and disabled persons can also make use of it.

“We designed it together with a lot of input from the Chichester planning authority.

“I’m in the recycling business and have a particular interest recycling.”

There is also a plan to introduce a wind turbine at the site to make use of the strong winds which blow across the lake, and to utilise methane gas which is present at the adjacent disused landfill site.

If both are made a reality, it is hoped the centre can be completely self-sustained and excess electricity could be sold back to the national grid.

Mrs Parker said: “We like to think we are doing our bit for global warming and we have been able to achieve this with much help from Chichester and Westhampnett councils.”

Mrs Duggin is hoping the function room can be used for a number of things including quiz nights, dinners, weddings, and dance classes.

“I think this will be really exciting for Chichester to have,” she said.

“It’s been six years of slowly building it up.

“It started off just for us as leisure, and it’s become a business for people to come down and go out on the water, learn to wakeboard, and water ski.”

No membership is required at the club which offers windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and waterskiing.

For more information visit www.chichesterwatersports.co.uk, or call 01243 776439.