Work progresses at smart new boathouse café on The Rye

Cllr Clive Harriss, Cabinet Member Sports and Leisure, visited the site on Friday (16 October) to see the progress on the new boathouse.

A smart new building on The Rye in High Wycombe housing the boathouse café is now in place and work is powering ahead on the services and internal fittings.

Visitors to the Green Flag-winning park can look forward to using the new café early in the new year. It replaces the deteriorating corrugated shed that was no longer fit for purpose, and is located in the same position next to the Dyke.

The new building – which was built off-site and hoisted into place last week – includes public toilets, an addition that was much requested by park visitors. The improved facilities will also include:

·         modern catering facilities

·         indoor seating

·         new boat equipment store

·         patio area with outdoor seating.


Externally the building has a wood cladding, green sedum roof and two folding doors to give views of the Dyke from the café.

With the structure in place, work is now progressing on getting the electricity and plumbing connected, cladding internal walls, and installing the flooring and fixtures including the heating and the toilets.

Cllr Clive Harriss, Cabinet Member Sports and Leisure, visited the site on Friday to see the progress for himself. He said: “The design of the new building sits well in this attractive waterside setting. The contractors are hard at work trying to complete the installation so the benefit for park visitors can be enjoyed when it opens early in the new year.”

The Dyke is a popular area for boating during the summer months, and the park continues to attract people of all ages who can enjoy socially distanced visits while coronavirus restrictions remain in place.