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2017 May June Marina World

The magazine for the marina industry

MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN

MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN Retail, wining and dining outlets on the dockside ensure that SKD has year-round buzz. truck at a time. We had around 100 trucks to load and unload throughout the project,” she confirms. “It is also important to mention that the levels of noise had to be controlled. Some of the boat owners were living aboard at the time and we had to be mindful of this.” The new products and features have greatly improved the general atmosphere. Segura highlights specifically the curved floating pontoons and the sewage system installed by CEI that offers all boats in-slip pumpout of black and grey water thanks to a multipoint design. “The new layout is much more practical and generous for boats to navigate around and it also looks far better too,” Tetlow noted. “The tight corners and narrow fairways have been removed and the use of the water space is far more efficient.” Working together Segura describes the daily collaboration between project manager and marina team as “indispensable” and Helen Sims, senior project manager at Beadmans, concurs. Beadmans was involved in the project from inception through to completion and handover, providing project management, contract administration and quantity surveying services. “The project was completed under a Design and Build Contract and was phased into three sections, one section per basin,” Sims clarifies. “As a live marina, the SKD team had to move the boats during each section of works to ensure that the contractor had sufficient space to work. Logistically, this required a lot of detailed attention and coordination between the main contractor and the SKD team.” Crucial deadlines would never have been met without teamwork. The central basin, for example, had to be completed on time to host the Clipper Race in July 2016. Building on the investment CNM took over the management and operation of SKD on behalf of Blackstone in February under a three year contract and the marina is now branded a Camper & Nicholsons Marina. There is, however, much still to do. “The physical refurbishment has improved the look and feel of the docks. However, we’ll continue to work hard to give great service to our berth holders and a memorable stay for our visitors,” Tetlow says. “We also look forward to many exciting events based around the docks throughout the year.” CNM business development director, Dan Hughes, has similar hopes and plans. “Build occupancy, clear the waiting list as quickly as possible, bring in high profile maritime events to SKD, create a destination and promote this truly unique central city location,” he enthuses. Blackstone is equally determined to boost landside tenancy opportunities. SKD’s International House has undergone a stunning transformation and offers creative warehouse-style office space, a stunning new reception space and meeting zone. The work forms part of Blackstone’s wider vision to position St Katharine Docks as a vibrant mixed use waterfront campus. “We have made a significant investment in the St Katharine Docks estate and it is paying dividends in the number of new tenants we have at International House and the surrounding buildings,” confirms Blackstone Property Management managing director Guy Rudd. “The marina provides the estate with a USP [Unique Selling Proposition] which attracts tenants who want an inspiring and unconventional setting for their business in Central London.” Further improvements will be made throughout the rest of 2017. Various businesses have recently taken office space, and the variety of retail boutiques, food and drink outlets continues to increase. Poralu pontoons and Maricer dockside pedestals combine to modernise marina berths. 34 www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2017

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