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Trevassack Lake

HRCST has exciting plans to build an inclusive water sports centre on a 26-acre site at Trevassack Lake on the Lizard Peninsula. The development will incorporate a Learning Centre with double-height classrooms for rigging lessons, a sensory room and disabled facilities (including a high dependency changing unit) and 7 adapted holiday lodges for families with disabled children.

Our vision is for a Centre of Excellence for Water Sports for All creating a much-needed facility where children and young people with all abilities, even those with multiple and profound disabilities can enjoy water sports. The Centre, consisting of a Learning Centre and 7 residential lodges, will be built at Trevassack Lake on The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lake, formerly a serpentine quarry, is a 10-acre expanse of water – big enough to provide challenging activities but safe enough for independent exploration.

Cornwall, one of Britain’s most popular visitor destinations, has few advertised activities for visitors with disabilities and family accommodation for such visitors is scarce.

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre will include a large, double height classroom with a vaulted ceiling tall enough to rig a mast. Classes for up to 30 children will include sailing theory, water safety and environmental studies. This space will have the flexibility to serve as a learning space, dining area, games room or community venue. A second classroom will also serve as a sensory room for those with autism spectrum disorder. The designs incorporate a high dependency heated changing room for children with severe disabilities. A veranda, extending out over the lake, will provide external seating for viewing and refreshments. Close by at the lakeside, wheelchair accessible pontoons and hoists will enable children with disabilities to use adapted craft for sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and stand-up paddle-boarding.
A separate beach, away from the boat launching area will provide easy water access for swimmers. This area will have its own shower facilities and a hoist will enable easy access to the water for those with limited mobility.

HRCST is commissioning a Floating Classroom for the lake.
This accessible boat with solar-powered, battery-charged electric engines will enable children and young people with even the most profound disabilities to experience being afloat. The Floating Classroom will be equipped with underwater cameras and screens for viewing marine life while on board.

The Lodges

Families with children and young people with disabilities have difficulty finding accessible accommodation with the right combination of facilities for their needs.

The 7 Trevassack lake lodges will provide high-quality accommodation for much-needed family breaks for groups of up to 8 people.

The lodge designs are uplifting and aspirational. Each lodge has vaulted ceilings and large patio doors to create a sense of openness. A private outdoor area will give beautiful views over the lake so that guests benefit from the restful and calm environment. Detailed consultation with parents and specialists mean that the lodge designs incorporate practical details such as extra large laundry areas, adapted beds and entertainment projection units. A high dependency lodge will have integrated hoists to enable easy movement from bedroom to an ensuite wet room. Sensory equipment will be available for those with autism spectrum disorder.

Additional bedding capacity in the large living area will enable full flexibility of caring arrangements.
Car transport to the lodges will be available at certain times to enable easy luggage transfers, though electric buggies will be used to keep the site as car-free as possible. One high dependency lodge will have its own permanent car access and parking. A sail-shaped spar and canvas marquee will provide a sheltered social space with communal BBQ area, so that families staying on site may come together and share experiences, as well as being an ideal space for community events. Both Learning Centre and Lodges are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment. By using renewable energy, the site will be ‘carbon neutral’ for a large part of the year.

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