New Marina in Historic Plymouth

by • March 26, 2013 • Berths and Moorings, Marina Reports, UKComments Off284

Construction work has begun on the new 171-berth King Point Marina, which is being developed by Sutton Harbour Holdings at the heart of Millbay in Plymouth.

Work began on site on 28th January 2013 to transform the inner dock basin into a centerpiece for English Cities Fund’s (ECf) regeneration of 20 acres of former Plymouth dockside to create a vibrant waterfront city quarter.

Millbay’s inner basin, which first opened in 1857, was designed by celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In 2010, ECf completed major infrastructure works to restore the inner basin and its listed quay walls. The work was carried out following a £4.5 million investment by the HCA and paved the way for the historic harbour to be brought back into use.

Building work is scheduled to be completed by early August, and the marina and shore-side facilities are expected to be officially opened in late summer.

King Point Marina will be situated approximately 1.5 miles to the west of the existing 5 Gold Anchor Sutton Harbour Marina, and will be managed by the company’s marina manager, Mark Brimacombe.

Jason Schofield, Chief Executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said: “I am delighted to see work beginning on site for what will be an exciting project that will benefit the whole of the city. King Point Marina will extend our existing operation of high quality marina facilities at Sutton Harbour, enable more boat owners to experience the excellent sailing waters we have here in the South West, and reinforce Plymouth’s position as one of the UK’s leading marine destinations.”

King Point Marina will provide 171 sheltered berths for vessels from five meters to 25 metres in length. A two-storey shoreside building will offer showers, toilets and amenity areas for berth holders on the ground floor, surrounded by terraces with direct access to the marina pontoons.

The first floor has been designed as a flexible space offering 165 sq m that could accommodate a waterfront yacht club restaurant or marine related businesses, with timber decked terraces commanding superb views over Millbay and Plymouth Sound.

Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans said: “This is a major milestone in the project to bring Millbay back to life. We’re getting a sense of change in the area with new homes being built, shops and cafes opening up. Now it is the turn of the dock itself to get a transformation. It’s going to be fantastic.”

Sutton Harbour Holdings is now taking enquiries for berthing at King Point Marina for the 2013/14 season. For more information and to register for updates visit www.suttonharbourholdings.co.uk or email marina@sutton-harbour.co.uk.

 

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