Work underway on £150,000 seas centre in Flamborough

Chairman of East Riding Council Chad Chadwick lays a brick at the new Living Seas Centre watched by Martin Batt (tourisum and nature manager at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust), Norman Hall MBE, Anthony Hird (Living Seas Centre officer).
Chairman of East Riding Council Chad Chadwick lays a brick at the new Living Seas Centre watched by Martin Batt (tourisum and nature manager at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust), Norman Hall MBE, Anthony Hird (Living Seas Centre officer).

WORK is now well underway to convert a building destroyed in an arson attack into a marine education centre set to become the first of its kind on the Yorkshire coast.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council are re-building a former cafe in South Landing, Flamborough three years after it was destroyed by fire and will lease it out to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust which is creating the Living Seas Centre at the site.

In total the re-development of the site is expected to cost around £150,000, the bulk of which will come from the insurance payout following the devastating fire at the site, while the trust has also secured £30,000 from the Leader programme.

It is hoped that once the work is completed this autumn the centre will open the eyes of visitors to the undersea world through interactive displays, guided snorkelling trips, rock pooling, and seashore safaris to name just a few of the planned activities.

Living Seas Centre officer Anthony Hurd, who will manage the centre once it is up and running said: “We are excited that the building is going up and work is going on on the ground. I’m very much looking forward to taking over the lease in the autumn ready to open up as a marine education centre, and very much by the spring we will be raring to go.”

And Mr Hurd said the construction work has progressed well in spite of the recent wet weather with the roof going on within the next couple of weeks.

Pictured is Councillor Chad Chadwick, chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, laying one of the first bricks at the centre with Norman Hall MBE, a long term Flamborough resident who assisted at the site when it was a heritage coast centre before it became the Boathouse Cafe.

For further information about the Living Seas Centre email livingseas@ywt.org.uk