Work begins on £1m boathouse

Caption: Danielle Dale, Sintons; Ken Hardy, Captain, Tyne Amateur Rowing Club

Work is underway to create a new £1m boathouse on the banks of the River Tyne, which will provide for the future of rowing for generations to come.

Tyne Amateur Rowing Club – one of the oldest sporting clubs in England, which dates from 1852 – is investing in a new clubhouse for use by current and future generations of members, as well as providing a facility for the local community intended to increase participation in the sport at all levels.

The two-storey development is on the same site as the club’s former boathouse, in Newburn, and will provide state-of-the-art facilities for its membership of over 200 rowers, as well as local charities including the Percy Hedley Foundation, Norcare and Visually Impaired North East.

The building work is set to be completed in December and the facility open for use early next year.

The clubhouse, which is being built by Newcastle-based construction company SV Rutter, is being financed by National Lottery funding from Sport England, Newcastle City Council, local business donations, and a £250,000 bequest from John Dalkin, a Tyne Rowing Club member who passed away in 2010.

Simon Dobson, Chairman of Tyne Amateur Rowing Club, said: “Tyne Amateur Rowing Club is delighted to finally see building work begin on our project. The new boathouse should attract new rowers for generations to come.”

Newcastle law firm Sintons handled the legal aspects of the development, with consultant Claire Morgan and solicitor Danielle Dale leading on the transaction.

Claire Morgan said: “Tyne Amateur Rowing Club is investing significantly in their future through the creation of this new boathouse, and it is great to see the Club’s plans coming to life. It promises to be a fantastic facility for both the rowing and local Newburn communities, both now and into the future.”

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