The Barge at Brighton Marina is launching in the summer of 2017 as a non-profit community and youth space in the heart of Brighton Marina. Originally built in 1921 and named the Selby Virgo, she was originally a Humber barge that took grain up and down the waterways of the north of England. In the late 20th century she was converted into a floating Chinese restaurant called The Pagoda and found her home at Brighton Marina. In 2016 her then owner decided to sell the boat. Rather than scrap her, the Marina owners decided to take the opportunity to turn her into a non-profit space for people within the Marina, in the city and beyond.
She now has over 3,500 square feet that can be used to support community and youth projects. We have tried to make her as sustainable as possible: recycling some of the wood and other fixtures and fittings, installing solar lighting, sourcing environmentally-friendly materials (such as cork, chipboard and even recycled cutting boards that are now many of our tables and our bar), and employing many local designers and labour in the process.
All activities on the Barge are managed by The Robin & Sylvia Goodall Charitable Foundation whose mission is to empower people to change their lives for the better. The Foundation aspires to turn The Barge into a hub of activity and aims to achieve this through curating a range of charitable and fundraising programmes over the course of any given year.
The Barge is proudly supported by Leaders estate agents; 100% of their sponsorship goes directly to the Barge’s partner charities and projects.