We are very pleased to share that planning permission has now been granted for a café, a small play area and toilet facilities at Thorpe Meadows, in the area of land adjacent to the car park there. 

Thorpe Meadows is home to Nene Park’s purpose-built rowing lake, riverside walks and many of the sculptures in Peterborough’s collection. With around 370,000 visits a year, Thorpe Meadows is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists, dog walkers and rowers. The rowing lake has been home to the Peterborough City Rowing Club since 1983 and is an active club, attracting participants of all ages and abilities. Despite the popular destination, there are currently no facilities for visitors, hence the reason for development.

We are working with Iso Spaces, an award winning, innovative company that designs, manufactures and installs bespoke modular buildings from recycled shipping container units. They have come up with an attractive low level café design which includes some indoor seating as well an outside terrace, overlooking the play equipment. The toilet facilities will include three standard toilet cubicles and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities.

By providing our visitors to Thorpe Meadows with a place to meet friends and pick up a post-workout coffee, or just relax and enjoy the stunning setting of the rowing lake, we are hoping they will be able to extend their visit to this beautiful area.

Now planning permission has been granted, we are working hard on the timeline for construction. More information will be announced shortly.

To see further proposed plans and images, please visit our project page. You can also see a list of FAQs here