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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS When complete, Edinburgh Marina will have 315 berths and be perfectly positioned for boaters to explore Scotland’s cruising waters. Edinburgh Marina to become new centre piece of waterside quarter Scotland: land of dawn mists, bagpipes, haggis, whisky, rugged mountainsides, trickling streams. The backdrop to many a scene in the Harry Potter films. Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is famed for its annual festivals, castle, museums, galleries, shopping, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, its medieval Old Town, elegant Georgian New Town and more. The ‘more’ will soon include a much needed new marina development. The new Edinburgh Marina in Granton Harbour will enable Scotland’s capital to compete for a major share of the country’s burgeoning £3.7 billion marine tourism industry by creating unique new world-class facilities to help expand the size of Scotland’s overall berth availability. It will offer 315 full-service berths (covering a berthing area of approximately 24,400m²) and form the centre piece of a £500 million waterside quarter development close to the city centre and perfectly positioned as a gateway to exploring Scotland’s cruising waters. Edinburgh Marina Granton Harbour Ltd has contracted internationally The modern marina office has a prime quayside location and will give staff excellent views of the marina. renowned marina owner and operator Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&NM) to design, commission, manage and operate the marina. Edinburgh Marina will be the third UK marina in its portfolio; the company also manages St Katharine Docks Marina in London and Victoria Quay on the Isle of Wight. Kevin Fawcett, developer of Edinburgh Marina Holdings Ltd, commented: “I’m very pleased to welcome [Camper & Nicholsons Marinas] on board. I believe that their design and operational management skills and their commitment to customer service will help ensure the successful delivery of this exciting development for Edinburgh and Scotland.” Dan Hughes, chief operating officer for C&NM, said C&NM is delighted to have been selected, and described Edinburgh Marina as “probably the most important new and exciting marina development in Europe in the last 25 years”. Bringing vibrancy to the coastline Located 2.5mi (4km) northwest of central Edinburgh, the development is envisaged as a leisure and residential destination for the capital city, bringing new life and vibrancy to a key area of the city, which has suffered many years of commercial and industrial decline. The marina sits 12mi (16km) from the bridges over the Firth of Forth and 8mi (12km) from Edinburgh International airport. The marina development benefits from excellent transport links 24 - May/June 2018

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS via road, sea and rail, which will be further improved when a new tram extension to Granton and Leith is completed. Detailed planning consent for the project was granted last December but consent for the remaining elements of the new quarter are anticipated in the coming months, with construction of the marina buildings and associated developments scheduled to begin in the second half of the year. The marina will be larger than most other marinas in the area. While competition exists in the Firth of Forth area, these marinas are largely municipal marinas or part of yacht clubs offering berths/mooring. Edinburgh Marina will be a mixed-use destination and its unique selling point is its proximity to the city of Edinburgh. Other marinas in the area include Port Edgar Marina, with 300 berths, and the Royal Forth Yacht Club. Welcoming superyachts Designed to surpass The Yacht Harbour Association’s 5 Gold Anchor rating, Edinburgh Marina will provide roundthe-clock access to the sea and boast a modern marina office, full service boatyard and drystack operation, fuel dock and pump-out facilities, and secure parking with optional storage. The marina has been designed to accommodate a broad range of yachts and cruisers, including some of the world’s largest superyachts – the first time this has been possible on Scotland’s east coast. The average length of boats is expected to be 10 to 45m (39 to 148ft), with the majority ranging from 14 to 18m (46 to 59ft). C&NM is already receiving a number of enquiries for berths, although it has not yet drawn up a waiting list. As the marina will be immediately adjacent to the Edinburgh Marina Spa and Conference Hotel, yacht owners will be able to benefit from onboard food and drink and concierge services, and enjoy access to the hotel spa and gym. Protecting history As part of the masterplan, the developers were keen to protect and refurbish the historic gunpowder store at Granton Harbour. The 170-year-old store is listed on Scotland’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register and is currently undergoing redevelopment as part of C&NM’s wider vision. Work has now commenced on the refurbishment. Originally one of four identical, symmetrically placed buildings, the store is the only structure to remain on Above & below: The development offers over 100 high-end luxury apartments for the over- 55s as part of the residential development in the waterside quarter. Middle Pier following its initial opening in 1842. Extensive repair work on the roof is currently taking place, with the entire refurbishment expected to be complete by July 2018. As the wider redevelopment progresses, the renovated store will be brought back into commercial use for the first time in many years, initially as an office and showroom for the surrounding Edinburgh Marina development. Luxury waterside living Edinburgh Marina Holdings intends to develop its 69-acre (28-ha) site as a cross-generational lifestyle hub combining state of the art facilities with a wide variety of housing tenures and has secured detailed planning permission from Edinburgh City Council for a luxury waterside retirement living scheme. In a first for Edinburgh and for Scotland, the scheme is designed to provide over 55s with the means to lead an active, fulfilling retirement. The development will comprise 104 spacious, high-end, one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments, with a wide range of amenities specifically tailored for the over 55s. The scheme will include dedicated guest accommodation, a 24-hour concierge service, secure private storage space and car parking (all with provision for electric power) for each apartment, set around a private one-acre landscaped garden close to the new marina. All residents will have the option to reserve a marina berth when purchasing an apartment. Further announcements regarding the remaining residential elements of the waterside quarter development are expected soon. - May/June 2018 25

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