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DRYSTACK STORAGE Fawley waterside scheme wins planning approval The New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority in the south of England granted consent in early September for an ambitious waterside scheme in Fawley, Hampshire. Fawley Waterside is proposed to house up to 4,000 people and create 10 ha (25 acres) of commercial, civic and employment space. The scheme includes a major drystack facility, marina berthing and significant marine employment proposals that have been designed by Marina Projects (MPL). Project backer Fawley Waterside, founded by local land owner Aldred Drummond, bought the 120 ha (297 acre) power station site five years ago from energy giant RWE Npower. The scheme has been described as ‘one of the most significant planning applications that has ever been submitted to New Forest District Council’. The former Fawley Power Station, which is now redundant, offers some 50 ha (124 acres) of previously developed operational land and occupies a strategic location, providing immediate access to the waters of the Solent. Marina Projects has provided a comprehensive scope of advice, including marine leisure market research, masterplan support and marina design. A modern automated drystack facility is designed to sit at the heart of the development creating a focal point and animation of the waterspace. The drystack will have two separate sheds and an automated launch and recovery system providing berthing for up to 600 vessels, typically in the 7-11m (23-36ft) range, which will suit the typical day-boating activity on the Solent. The potential for utilising the existing dock and power station basement was a particular influence on the design and a key consideration. This could be used to create an extensive protected basin area and a canal that will serve the marine employment site. With an impoundment gate, this will maintain over 7m (23ft) of water depth. In preparing marine employment proposals, MPL also had to develop a navigational protocol to deal with the mix of users on site. The masterplan vision is to create “a new sustainable community on the edge of the New Forest” that will incorporate a marine focused employment zone (2,500 jobs in high-tech and maritime sectors). Marina Projects managing director, Mike Ward, commented: “The physical attributes of the site and its strategic location go hand in hand and the client’s aspiration to create a market leading drystack facility is entirely appropriate. Coupled with the vision to develop a cutting-edge marine employment hub, building upon the local skills and wider community benefits will ensure the success of this scheme and the legacy of this landmark site.” “We have worked with MPL to create the opportunity for a UK centre of maritime excellence,” explained Aldred Drummond. From a location perspective, this aim is ideal as the Solent and Southampton Water are already home to leading maritime institutions such as Maritime and Coastguard Agency, National Oceanography Centre, Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, Lloyd’s Register, Associated British Ports and many leading businesses. “This is a unique opportunity due to the scale of the site, its existing dock, huge basement and prime location at the mouth of Southampton Water,” Drummond continued. MPL has advised from the start and has a broad range of skills and comprehensive understanding of the industry. www.marinaworld.com – September/October 2020 47

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