Purchase of Browns Coalyard completed

DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – 8th November 2022

Durham Amateur Rowing Club (the “Charity”) has completed the purchase of land and facilities from Browns Coalyard Limited. The acquisition adjacent to our existing property includes approximately 2.7 acres of land, a large boat storage facility and planning consent for a 2nd boathouse.

Paul Rutter, Director of the Charity said ”Durham Amateur Rowing Club has a long history dating back to 1860, it has been a leading club in the North, always at the forefront of rowing developments and serving the whole community. Bringing the neighbouring land under our ownership safeguards the club for future generations and protects the land which includes significant river frontage from any development that is not watersports related. ”

“The purchase provides the space to develop the club into the future and continue our work with community partners, Durham University and other watersports users.” said Mark Bell, General Manager of the Charity.

The facility is currently used by several Durham University College Boat Clubs, the Three River Serpents Dragon Boat Club and many independent users including members of the Charity. It is also used for maintenance of the Prince Bishop River Cruiser and the storage and maintenance of Browns Rowing Boats.

Mark adds “The facility is an important asset to sport and leisure in Durham City and the Charity aims to continue to promote this in the future, working with the existing facility users whilst utilising the extra space to further the Charities objectives.”

The Charity which also owns 1860 Bar & Kitchen, a coffee shop and function venue onsite, will take on ownership of the car park which will continue to be available for members and facility and leisure users in the local vicinity.