New community Phoenix building in Ham and Petersham set to rise from the ashes

Release Date: 18 August 2017

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames helped put a spade in the ground today to mark the start of the building works for the new Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts community space.

This is the first step in the ‘New Phoenix’ Scout Hut and Community Building project at Douglas House Meadow. Over the past few years, the group have been fundraising to raise money to create a new scout hut and boat deck rebuilding their current property to make it fit for purpose, including adding disabled access and upgrading general facilities.

The new building will provide a larger, energy efficient, eco-friendly space and install hot showers so Sea Scouts can use the water all year round. It will also provide more space for storing camping equipment and boats to allow more beavers, cubs and scouts to join the troop. Other facilities, including nearby sports field will benefit from easier disabled access too.

The first phase of the build saw ground broken to create a cycle stand area, before construction starts on the main building in Autumn 2018.

Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Mayor of Richmond, said:

“This facility will bring together families from across the borough to support our young people in their personal development and encourage them to make positive contributions to their communities.

“The building will also serve as a community centre, providing more space for our local community groups, volunteers and schools to use as well. 

“The Sea Scouts have done a fantastic job to get to this point. I wish them all the best and encourage our residents to support them as they move into the next phase of the project”.

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Updated: 31 August 2017