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SEA CADETS: CGIs show new home in Edgbaston

SEA CADETS: CGIs show new home in Edgbaston

Image: LDRS

Birmingham’s Sea Cadets look set to get a brand new home after proposals for a new boathouse at Edgbaston reservoir were recommended for approval.

Plans for the site on Osler Street, Edgbaston, would see the existing boathouse demolished to make way for a brand new building.

The base, known as TS Vernon, hosts Birmingham Unit 40 of The Sea Cadet Corps and has been operational for more than 50 years.

But the building is not energy efficient and no longer meets the group’s needs.

The new boathouse would provide additional facilities including
classrooms, short stay accommodation, a multi-purpose hall, changing facilities, showers and an external storage area for boats.

And new CGIs have now been released of the plans, showing a modern-looking building which would boast all of the amenities needed.

At ground floor level the building would feature a multi-purpose hall, entrance lobby, kit store and changing facilities, with a staff room and short stay living accommodation in the form of cadet dormitories.

The first floor would host a number of classrooms, with activity spaces proposed towards the front north-western section of the building fronting onto the reservoir. These spaces would open out onto an external balcony/terrace area, with a stairwell leading down to ground level and additional dormitory accommodation.

Plans for the new building were first approved by the planning committee back in 2019, though changes to the design mean that it now has to go back before the council for approval.

Some concerns have been raised over whether the new building will infringe at all on the public’s access to the reservoir, though planners have issued assurances that “the application will have no implications on the public
accessing the Reservoir.”

And the proposals have been recommended for approval by a council planning officer, who noted: “The proposed development would allow for a much improved sporting centre to be erected on-site and this would further provide this area of the city with much improved and modern sports and recreation facilities.

“The proposed development is further considered to be of a high design merit, which would enhance and improve this area of Edgbaston, allowing the site to maximise its location and the views that it has to offer, through being sited adjacent to the Edgbaston Reservoir.”

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter


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