An exciting project for everyone
These are exciting times for the Woodbridge Riverside Trust and their supporters and for all those set to benefit from the bold vision of the Waterfront Woodbridge initiative. The transformation of the derelict Whisstocks Boatyard site into a dynamic, new community facility is well underway. Construction works are progressing well and completion of the new buildings is expected to meet the Autumn 2017 handover target.
This is a new era. The land gifted to Woodbridge Town Council by the developer will give the people of Woodbridge a spectacular community space, which will include the magnificent Longshed, a purpose-built Museum and a public space for everyone to use. Forever.
Our vision is to secure long term benefit for the community through enabling the sheer enjoyment of our outstanding maritime heritage and riverside environment, embracing learning, training and skills development.
- To secure long term enjoyment of our maritime history and riverside
- To provide opportunities for education, training and maritime skills development for everyone.
- To keep Woodbridge’s waterfront an attractive and interesting destination
- To forge maritime heritage links between Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo, the UK and beyond
- To construct a full-scale replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial ship
At the top of our action list is the plan to research and fund the construction of the world’s first full size working replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon ship, which dates from c.624AD. This is a project of international significance, which will draw attention to Woodbridge from all over the globe .
Alongside the ship, educational and training opportunities for anyone interested in maritime history will be developed, based not just on Anglo-Saxon times but the rich boatbuilding history of the river Deben that can be traced back over centuries.
Above all, we want to see created, with the help of everyone who wants to join in, a vibrant waterside space that is fun, dynamic, and a celebration of Woodbridge’s maritime soul.