All Projects

The Columbine Building

The Columbine Building – this project will comprise a number of interventions to this iconic 1930s building:

  • Marine engineering works and installation of a new boat hoist to increase the capacity of the shipyard. This will futureproof its use and support the Wight Shipyard Company in delivering the next generation of sustainable high-speed ferries and crew transfer boats, as well as being available to other marine engineering businesses;
  • Upgrade works (including the installation of windows) to the southern elevation to allow internal floorplates to be brought into beneficial use for potential occupation under lease by the Wight Shipyard Company to expand their marine design studio;
  • Internal upgrade / fit-out of a redundant floorplate to provide a high-quality flexible workspace to meet a demonstrable shortage of good quality commercial / community floorspace in East Cowes.

Victoria Barracks

This semi-derelict 19th century former garrison building, adjacent to the Columbine Building, will be renovated and repurposed to provide a new facility for the UKSA.

The UKSA, based in Cowes, provide education, mentoring and training, skills and pathways to employment to young people who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to access the water. The UKSA propose to expand and occupy the Victoria Barracks as a dedicated facility for its Schools and Youth Groups business. This project will comprise:

  • Structural refurbishment works and fit-out
  • Installation of a pontoon structure on the waterfront for use by the UKSA and the public

Albany Green

A transformational public realm scheme

An existing dead space, this project will integrate the reactivated Victoria Barracks with the Columbine Building and the historic, but under-utilised, Esplanade to the north, acting as a focal point for activity and a catalyst for future proposed enhancements delivering hard and soft landscaping, a viewing platform, covered exhibition space and storage lockers for paddleboarders/kayakers.

The Levelling Up funding for this project aims to improve the area:

01 Support

Support better community health and wellbeing

02 Improve Connectivity

03 Provide

Provide a catalyst for further regeneration of the wider area.

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