Taking the lead on this unique venture is social entrepreneur Sean Barry. Sean is very aware of the challenges that face individuals and families wanting to access outdoor activities, as he himself grew up in one of Edinburgh’s housing estates. He is a highly qualified instructor, with over 15 years’ experience within the outdoor industry and training and education.
His vision of the Hub is to be made from reusable shipping containers; an innovative modular system and to develop the land into Edinburgh main outdoor activity hub for all. In partnership with Scottish Canals and Edinburgh City Council and local stakeholders are on an incredible journey to transform the Calder gateway site from a disused and overgrown wasteland into a thriving outdoor activity hub.
This vision of the Hub is to be made from reusable shipping containers which comprises of meeting room, reception, storage & drying area, bike repair shop, café and community storage solutions.
Paddle Café Opens Feb/March 2017
It will enhance customer experiences at Bridge 8 by providing artisan coffee, tea’s, homemade cakes and a simple healthy menu. Initially open Fridays - Sundays. We look forward to serving you......
The Bike Repair
The workshop will become available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for locals to fix their own bikes – they will be able to book a work-stand, work alone or work on a one-to-one with our mechanic to learn new skills whilst repairing their own bike.
At the heart of our vision will be to offer a significant increase in work experience, training, jobs for long-term unemployed residents and promote more paddle sport opportunities for young people and families.
Bridge 8 Canoe Racing Club
Offers a pathway to paddlesports in kayaking and canoeing. Dedicated to developing professional athletes in the heart of our community, there is a form of kayaking or canoeing to suit all. There are many different forms of the sport, requiring different boats, equipment, skills and water conditions. Sprint racing is one of only two canoeing events included in the Olympic Games. Racing takes place on flat water over distances of 200 metres, 500 metres and 1000 metres on a straight course, of up to nine boats, each in a separate lane. Races are in singles, doubles and fours, for both Canadian canoes and Kayaks.
Community Storage Solutions
We are able to offer secure, affordable and flexible storage solutions, whether it is for a single kayak or canoe to renting a full container for your organisation needs. Current community users are Bridge 8 Canoe Racing Club, Napier University Kayak Club, Bike for Refugees Charity and PyroCeltica. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.