New ma­rina on the Dart

£75 mil­lion pro­posed in­vest­ment plans sub­mit­ted

Motorboat & Yachting - - Latestnews - Edited by Nick Burn­ham Email: mbynews@timeinc.com

Premier Mari­nas is sub­mit­ting plans for a £75 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of Noss on Dart ma­rina.

Premier Mari­nas, which owns eight other south-coast mari­nas, ac­quired the site in 2016 af­ter Noss Ma­rina fell into ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2013.

“We bought Noss sim­ply be­cause it’s breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful and that, along with the lo­cal cruis­ing grounds, is what drives our cus­tomer’s choice of where to berth their boat,” said Premier Mari­nas CEO Pete Brad­shaw. The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion cov­ers the ma­rina, boat­yard, com­mer­cial units, park­ing and a wa­ter­front ho­tel. The plans in­clude a new 75-tonne hoist and dock for lift­ing and launch­ing.

The ma­rina, which cur­rently berths 180 boats rafted two by two, will be up­graded to fin­ger pon­toons with the abil­ity to berth 232 boats plus a fur­ther dry stack op­tion for 100 smaller mo­tor boats. Pro­vi­sion for 70 sum­mer boat stor­age spa­ces will in­crease to 100 dur­ing the win­ter. A 50-room ho­tel will in­clude two restau­rants and a spa. There will be a new home for South Devon Col­lege on site, and 21 com­mer­cial units. A strength­ened road ac­cess bridge and sep­a­rate pedes­trian bridge are also planned. Out­line plans for a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment have been sub­mit­ted.

Mind­ful of the his­tory of the site, the plans in­clude a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the iconic Phillips build­ing and a her­itage cen­tre. Premier has con­sulted with the rel­a­tives of those who died dur­ing the bomb­ing of the ship­yard in World War II to best in­cor­po­rate a me­mo­rial into the site de­sign.

Work on the ma­rina, ho­tel and boat­yard will be pri­ori­tised and is ex­pected to take three years with res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, which is crit­i­cal for fund­ing the site, to fol­low.

Brad­shaw said, “We ex­pect on-site em­ploy­ment will be be­tween 150-200 and there will be… eco­nomic ben­e­fit from the new homes, coun­cil tax and busi­ness that the site will gen­er­ate.”

New fin­ger pon­toons will in­crease ca­pac­ity and ease ac­cess to boats at the pic­turesque ma­rina

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