The London Regatta Centre is a state-of-the-art rowing centre in Royal Albert Dock, featuring seven 2,000 metre lanes, a fitness centre and an indoor rowing tank. Keen to see even more activity in the Docks – which is key to the overall placemaking strategy of this important regeneration area– the London Borough of Newham encouraged various stakeholders from the watersports community in East London to jointly develop a sustainable plan for the Centre’s expansion.
Fourth Street were introduced to the project by Ian Ritchie Architects, who designed the original building and continue to work on its expansion from a rowing centre into a larger and more versatile watersports centre. Asked to produce a business plan for the project, we consulted all stakeholders, including the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, the University of East London, other governing bodies, Sport England, the Royal Docks Management Association and the London Borough of Newham.
The business planning process itself triggered useful debate and dialogue between all parties that ultimately led to a viable long term plan with buy-in from all key stakeholders. That plan was enthusiastically supported by Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham, who encouraged the submission of full funding and planning applications. Fourth Street was re-commissioned to assist with those applications and to continue detailing and refining the business plan as the programme and design are further developed.