Children’s watersports charity, the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, has signed a contract with local firm Brady Construction Services to build an accessible watersports centre.

The new facility will be at Trevassack, a 26-acre former serpentine quarry near Garras on The Lizard.

Brady Construction director, James Brady, said: “Brady Construction Services are delighted to have been awarded the contract. This is a unique development and we’re really looking forward to bringing the project to life.”

Work onsite has commenced, overseen by Ward Williams Associates and the development, consisting of a learning centre and three holiday homes, is scheduled to open to the public next July.

The Learning Centre part-funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation, will incorporate features such as Changing Places toilets and accessible changing rooms; while purpose-built holiday homes funded through grants from the Bradbury Foundation and The Clare Milne Trust will provide activity holidays for families affected by disability both locally and from across the UK.

Jonathan Thornton, trustee and steering group chair, Jonathan Thornton, said: “Five years ago, the trust set itself the ambitious vision of creating a world-class accessible centre for watersports. After research, design and most importantly fundraising, the first crucial stage in this project will now be realised.”