New Facilities for UK Sailing Academy
8 August 2018
UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) is a youth charity offering development programmes for disadvantaged young people and professional maritime training courses. To celebrate their 30th year of operation, they are investing £3m to upgrade their existing facilities and increase capacity to allow more people to benefit from their courses.
The scheme will be delivered in two phases to enable UKSA to stay operational and raise funds for the project. Our plans for the initial phase include the demolition of the Ark Royal building which will be replaced by a new L-shaped accommodation block. The reception area will be relocated from the rear of the site to the front of the new building, significantly improving the sense of arrival and enhancing security. A new lift connecting the upper and lower parts of the site will improve accessibility and pedestrian flow through the site.
In order to provide flexible, high-performing accommodation, we have segmented the building into clusters of flats with their own secure points of entry. The rooms can accommodate from 1 to 4 people and adaptability is achieved through the use of pull-down beds and through fixed units which offer both storage and privacy.