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FAQs 2018-07-16T09:28:23+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

How have Grenadier addressed water safety?
Grenadier take the issue of health and safety seriously. A key objective is for the proposed water sports centre to provide a positive, safe and long-lasting legacy for Exmouth.
As highlighted at our public consultations, Grenadier had already taken into account a number of safety issues in consultation with local water sports users including the benefit of separating water sports users and swimmers.
However, due to the volume of feedback given on the proposed location and potential conflict between pedestrians and water sports users, Grenadier took the opportunity to reflect on the issues raised and seek further input from East Devon District Councils’ Beach Safety Officer.

How has Grenadier addressed the feedback on water safety raised during the consultation period?
Grenadier has since worked with EDDC (who are the beach owners and who have a beach and water safety responsibility). The Beach Safety Officer produced a new, bespoke risk assessment for the section of beach in front of the proposed water sports centre. The risk assessment has subsequently been peer reviewed by Grenadier who have employed the services of a highly experienced water safety consultant, Dr Cliff Nelson of Wave Crest.

Grenadier’s review has concluded that EDDC has considered all the main risk factors with sensible and proportionate controls recommended.

Once implemented the measures will also provide for enhanced educational resources to support long term safe enjoyment of the beach space by all beach users of all experience levels.

What are the key recommendations from Wave Crest’s review of EDDC’s risk assessment?
The key recommendations from Wave Crest’s review of EDDC’s risk assessment are:
1. Create and maintain a small working group with relevant marine related organisations to consult on water safety issues pertinent to the project
2. Water safety is considered in the detailed design phase of the proposed water sports centre
3. The risk assessment produced by EDDC is implemented fully
4. A risk assessment is undertaken by the operator of the water sports centre
5. The risk assessment informs a comprehensive water safety management plan, standard operating procedures and emergency action procedures
6. The proposed water sports operator fully manages the launch and landing area, including safety of the general public
7. Support water safety campaigns to educate all beach users
8. Involvement with national water sports governing bodies, to ensure competence of water sports users
9. Ensure quality and maintenance of hired equipment
10. Implement management safety procedures for hiring equipment
11. Provide new safety signage
12. Addition of a lifeguard in front of the water sports centre between April to September or during the peak season
13. Active management of bathers to ensure they stay out of the no bathing zone

Whilst risk can never be fully removed from a marine environment or a water sports activity, Grenadier is satisfied that a full and comprehensive risk assessment has been undertaken by EDDC and that suitable safety measures have been identified. Safety will remain a top priority throughout the duration of the project, in particular the appointment of a suitably experienced operator.

What makes this building different and what impact will the site have on the environment?
Grenadier’s designers and contractors have been tasked with the delivery of a building that achieves an EPC A+ rating. Grenadier remain committed to their core values in this regard as demonstrated through our approach to building design and outlined servicing proposals.

The external envelope has been developed to minimise the flow of energy both into and out of the proposed watersports centre, thereby reducing the requirement for space heating whilst maximising the benefit of natural daylight to internal spaces.

A water sports centre has an inherently higher domestic hot water demand associated with the shower facilities. Energy required for domestic hot water generation will be increased, particularly in periods of high usage. A ground source heat pump provides an efficient means of space heating but is less well suited to the production of domestic hot water. Grenadier’s planning proposals include domestic hot water generation by heat pump with immersion heater back up, an extensive photovoltaic array has also been included to offset the use of electricity as the primary energy source.
Grenadier’s designers and contractors have been tasked with the delivery of a building that achieves an EPC A+ rating. Grenadier remain committed to their core values in this regard as demonstrated through our approach to building design and outlined servicing proposals.

The external envelope has been developed to minimise the flow of energy both in to and out of the proposed watersports centre, thereby reducing the requirement for space heating whilst maximising the benefit of natural daylight to internal spaces.

A water sports centre has an inherently higher domestic hot water demand associated with the shower facilities. Energy required for domestic hot water generation will be increased, particularly in periods of high usage. A ground source heat pump provides an efficient means of space heating but is less well suited to the production of domestic hot water. Grenadier’s planning proposals include domestic hot water generation by heat pump with immersion heater back up, an extensive photovoltaic array has also been included to offset the use of electricity as the primary energy source.

How will you manage blown sand in and around the site?
In respect of wind blown sand and wave overtopping, the building sits on a platform 800 mm above existing footpath levels to encourage movement around the building rather than through it. The same principle applies to any wave overtopping during spring tides.

Will there be parking available on site?
There was a balance of comments between those wanting a general pay and display car park accessible to all and a dedicated private car park for water sports users.

The number of parking bays at the water sports centre has decreased from 60 to 44 (16 no.) due to the building being moved back into the site by 4 metres, this is to accommodate the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. All car parking income generated from the car park will be passed back to Grenadier to repay the capital investment. Once this has been repaid, all future car parking income will go to fund community projects through the Community Interest Company (CIC).

Initially, we have opted to run a publicly available pay and display car park with reserved parking for tenants and members. We will continually monitor this to ensure the car park fulfils its primary role of providing spaces for water sports users.

Additional parking in the area:
EDDC will be providing a new 124 space car park immediately to the north of the proposed water sports centre which will be delivered at the same time as their road diversion (phase 1). At the consultation, Grenadier advised that EDDC were delivering 150 new spaces and to our understanding the balance of 26 spaces will now be delivered for EDDC’s phase 3.

Who will occupy the retail units?
Grenadier are looking at opening the retail pods to local businesses. We have not yet decided on who will occupy these but if you would like to show an interest please email info@grenadierestates.co.uk

How will Grenadier maintain the site?
Grenadier has employed the services of a specialist coastal architect who has delivered projects in extreme coastal environments around the south west.
We have assembled a materials palette which is specifically chosen to withstand the elements and minimise the carbon footprint with a focus on natural products. These include:
• Timber (Red Cedar) cladding and decking
• Granite stone cladding
• All drains and gulley’s are oversized and designed to have sand traps which can be easily emptied
• High-quality anti-glare glazing
There will be no render or painted surfaces exposed to the elements which would otherwise rapidly deteriorate. Any stainless steel will be specified to marine grade. We have also specified manually installed storm shutters to protect the ground floor glazing in storm events.
In addition to the selection of appropriate materials, a suitable maintenance budget will be set aside for regular cleaning, removal of wind blown sand and repairs when required.

Who can use the space and what benefits are there to the general public?
Exmouth has natural attributes which combine to create a world class destination for water sports.

Grenadier is committed to creating a facility which leaves a positive legacy for the local community by offering opportunities for water sports participation which currently do not exist, provide a place to learn and encourage active lifestyles.

The structure of the proposed water sports centre will be such to offer wide ranging access from day rates through to annual membership. Free facilities will be made available such as hot showers and an equipment wash down area for people who do not wish to use the water sports centre itself.

The proposed water sports centre will also provide a range of local food and drink establishments as well as new public open space immediately adjacent to the beach for use by all. Although Exmouth is an established tourist destination and enjoys a strong tourist trade, the centre hopes that its complementary offering will attract a larger number of visitors. It also hopes to retain visitors and secure spending in the town, as opposed to them travelling elsewhere in the local area. Grenadier is committed to offering space to local businesses, including the beach retail units with more flexible rental options, for small organisations.

Will people be able to walk on the beach in front of the new centre?
Public access to the beach in front of the water sports centre will not change in any way. Enquiries have been raised about the extent of the red line boundary within the planning application. This is the planning boundary only and will not impede public access.

What cycling facilities will there be?
Cyclists will be welcomed, and cycle racks and a free water filling station will be made available.

How will the site be signposted?
Sufficient space within the site boundary has been provided for safety signage and other educational material which may be required.

How many new jobs will be available and how can people find out about these?
Grenadier expect around 60 new jobs to become available once the centre opens. We will update our website with news on the jobs available as part of this project as soon as possible.

Will the walkway and cycle path be separated to avoid people walking into the cycle lane?
A number of comments were raised regarding the general appearance of the building and its siting relative to the sea wall, with particular reference to potential overcrowding and conflict between users of the proposed water sports centre and pedestrians/cyclists.

Grenadier has reviewed these comments and agrees that the building should to be moved back into the site to create a more substantial space between the sea wall and front of the building. The planning application will show the building position moved back into the site by 4 metres. We have also increased the size of the rigging up areas to accommodate additional water sports equipment, again to reduce potential conflict with pedestrians.

The official cycle way will be in front of the water sports centre, but cyclists will be encouraged to utilise the new road layout behind the centre.

What type of activities will be available?
Family run Edge Water Sports, the water sports centre operator announced for the project by Grenadier, will offer a range of activities for people of all ages and abilities including; Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP), Kayaking and even Beach Fit classes.

More details on the full activities will be announced in due course.