Fistral Surf Centre on the crest
Surfers and visitors to Newquay's Fistral beach, recognised
as one of UK's premier surf destinations, will soon be able
to take advantage of top-class facilities alongside some of
the best waves on the North Coast as work on Newquay's International
Surf Centre nears completion.
With only seven weeks until the building opens its doors
for business on July 1, the recognisable shape of the £2.1
million centre, in which Objective One has invested £531,000,
is now clearly visible. Most of the concrete block work is
in place, and the slate-clad, wave shaped roof is complete.
The building will be clad in cedar wood before the scaffolding
is removed at the end of June.
Once complete, the centre's employees and local organisations
will move into the new building in time for the busy tourist
season when Fistral receives an average of 2,000 visitors
Open year-round, the centre will provide much needed quality
facilities for local residents, community groups, training
organisations and visitors. There will be office space and
training facilities for the British Surfing Association, the
Newquay Surf Life Saving Club and the Newquay Boardrider Club,
along with a comfortable competition suite for surfing competition
judges and competitors.
The beach's visitors will also enjoy a better visiting experience
with access to the centre's café, top-floor restaurant,
surf museum, surf retail and hire outlets, creche, changing,
toilet and shower facilities.
Being built on the site of the previous facilities at North
Fistral by local firm E Thomas, an official opening is planned
later in the season, with the new centre being used for it's
first major surfing event at the end of July with the Rip
Curl Newquay Boardmasters.
The project is expected to create at least 25 new jobs and
attract an additional 15,000 visitors to Fistral a year. Five
new international surf events and competitions are anticipated
annually, generating an estimated £450,000 in extra
income for Newquay.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "The creation of a first class international surf
centre at Fistral is great news not only for the local community
and resident and visiting surfers, but also for the thriving
businesses which support Newquay's booming surf and tourism
"Objective One is committed to projects like this that
cultivate Cornwall's distinctive qualities to bring about
commercial advantages for our industries and businesses."
Nick Briant of Britanic Industries, which manages Fistral
and a number of beaches in the Newquay area, said: "The
development of the International Surf Centre demonstrates
what can be achieved from a public and private sector partnership
and will enable Newquay to develop as the UK's surf capital.
We want to capitalise on the value of attracting top surfing
competitions to the town while offering year-round facilities
for visitors wanting to make the most of Newquay's superb
Objective One is investing £531,000 from the European
Regional Development Fund towards the £1.8 million project,
with £350,000 coming from Restormel Borough Council,
£100,000 from Cornwall County Council and the remaining
sum from the private sector.
Development Fund (ERDF)
ERDF is one of our four funds that make up
the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly, which is making £314 million of investment available
for developing the local economy between 2000 and 2006. ERDF
Help reduce the gap between development levels and living
standards among the regions and the extent to which least-favoured
regions are lagging behind.
Help redress the main regional imbalances in the European
Community by participating in the development and structural
adjustment of regions whose development is lagging behind,
and the social conversion of regions.
For further information contact:
Restormel District Council
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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