New 171-berth marina in Millbay, Plymouth on track for summer opening
WORK has begun on the city's newest marina in the heart of Millbay.
The 171-berth King Point Marina, being developed by Sutton Harbour Holdings, aims to transform the inner dock basin into a centrepiece for English Cities Fund's (ECf) regeneration of 20 acres of former Plymouth dockside.
Piling began this week while wave gates are expected to be installed at the marina entrance in April.
Building work is scheduled to be completed by early August, and the marina and shoreside facilities aim to be officially opened in late summer.
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Jason Schofield, chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings, 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."
Sutton Harbour Holdings has completed a long lease on the site with ECf and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Millbay's inner basin, which first opened in 1857, was designed by celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Building work on King Point Marina is being carried out by Exeter-based construction company Devon Contractors and marine design and construction market leader Walcon Marine.
It will provide 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.
Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, 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."
Chris Arscott, chairman of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership added: "The development of King Point Marina will provide a huge boost to Plymouth's waterfront with first class facilities that will attract more visitors to the city. Regeneration and development is at the core of the Waterfront BID's five-year business plan and the new marina will play a vital role in the promotion of Plymouth as a regional and national destination."
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