Construction & Property

Published: July 19, 2022 | Updated: July 19, 2022

Green light given to series of improvements at Buddens Activity Centre on the Isle of Purbeck

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Planning permission has been granted for a series of improvements to the Buddens Activity Centre on the Isle of Purbeck.

The three-phase proposal includes the development of facilities along with a flexible dining space, designed to blend seamlessly into the surroundings.

It comes 16 months after Poole-based Rockley Watersports launched its new UK activity centre, operating Buddens in association with Dorset County Scouts.

The centre offers adventure day and residential trips to scouting groups as well as primary and secondary schools.

There’s also provision for camping and glamping for families and small groups.

The masterplan, developed in collaboration with DMW Architects, introduces a number of new facilities aimed at enhancing the visitor and camping experience.

Phase one – an extension of the existing WC and shower block – is already complete.

It contains eight self-contained showers, including toilet and changing space, for use by teachers and group leaders, and also offers additional outside washing facilities.

Constructed from lightweight, sustainable materials, the area has also been sympathetically landscaped.

Phase two will see the building of a new dining and flexible space, which will act as a hub for schools and groups.

The building will be located in the southern corner of the main camping field, nestled under an adjacent woodland area and the structure will be barn-like in appearance.

The space will house ancillary kitchen and storage accommodation to serve a large open-plan dining space for the children.

The final phase three will see two brand new toilet and shower blocks in both eastern and western areas of the centre.

Pip Woods, pictured left, Rockley’s MD, said: “We are committed to using local, sustainable materials which will complement and enhance nature rather than obstruct it, ensuring that we preserve the sense of open green space that makes this 96-acre centre so special.

“While we are looking forward to growing as a company, we are hugely committed to pursuing a journey towards improvement which balances personal growth, sustainable growth and our desire to offer an exceptional customer experience for the young people who come on a school or group activity trip with us.

“At an early stage, and based on initial customer feedback, we realised the need for the provision of additional washing, toilet and shower facilities throughout the site and we are glad that we have been able to address this issue.”

Work is due to start this winter.

Established 46 years ago, family-run Rockley Watersports specialises in watersports, RYA training and activity trips at its three UK centres; two in Poole and also Buddens.