£8m regeneration for Swanwick Marina
Premier Marinas is to invest a further £8m in the regeneration of Swanwick Marina.
The major investment follows the company’s £5.8m investment in the construction of a new boatyard in 2014 and will see 59 new berths created, with all berth holders allocated use of a berth measuring at least the length of their boat.
At the centre section of the marina, the berths will be set 700mm above water level - 200mm above standard height - to reduce customers’ deck to pontoon ‘jump down’ when berthing their vessel.
Plans also include constructing a marina bridgehead building, berth holders’ lounge and a new food and drink building.
"Swanwick Marina was constructed in the late 1960’s/early 70’s when boats tended to be smaller and narrower," said Premier Marinas’ CEO Pete Bradshaw. "The current pontoons do not meet modern industry standards - or the quality expected by our berth holders."
He added: “Premier’s vision for thoughtful marina design will greatly improve our customers’ experience and safety. Our plans for Swanwick will set a new standard for marina development.”
In the new configuration all pontoons will be accessed via a single central bridgehead which has been designed to make movement easier by presenting a substantially lower access gradient than the current bridgeheads. During the in-water redevelopment the marina basin will be dredged.
The eastern side of the marina will be cleared to create additional boat storage ashore and dedicated berth holder parking. There are also plans for a pavilion building to house boat sales and marine businesses.
Phase one of the redevelopment will begin in October 2018.
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