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WORLD NEWS Walcon wins

WORLD NEWS Walcon wins Beaulieu marina contract UK: Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour on the Beaulieu River in Hampshire, England has appointed Walcon Marine to regenerate its floating infrastructure. Over the next two autumn/winter seasons, Walcon will completely rebuild the marina, extend the piers, and refurbish and re-use existing pontoons. Work will be undertaken in line with plans developed by leading UK consultants Marina Projects. Walcon fitted the first pontoons for the original marina in 1971 but much of the current infrastructure was installed in 1980 using Walcon’s then-new System 2000 aluminium pontoons. These remain in excellent condition and most will be re-used. This season’s first phase work involves removing the fuel dock, together with the upstream piers D, E and F. They will be stored onsite while dredging takes place before being installed in their new positions and refurbished in situ. New pontoons will be delivered by water for the assembly of the extended piers plus their finger pontoons over the following months. Walcon will also remove the old greenheart timber piles, which will be re-used or replaced with new piles that equally suit the local environment. This entire process will then be repeated in 2020/21 for the lower piers A, B and C. The overall result will be an additional 60 berths capable of taking boats up to 20m (66ft) in length. “It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to be involved in this transformative project at Buckler’s Hard,” says Walcon managing director James Walters, “and we are very pleased to be working with Marina Projects once again. They have put in a lot of effort alongside the Beaulieu Estate to create an efficient design for this site, obtain all the necessary permissions and organise the logistics. We are also very happy to be working once again with ML Dredging and Rolec Services. In all, it’s a good team and we look forward to delivering a result that will provide safe and comfortable berthing for another 40 years in this stunning location.” An article on the regeneration plans for Buckler’s Hard Marina featured in the July/August 2019 issue. VIP adds Florida marina to portfolio USA: Anclote Village Marina in the Tampa Bay area city of Holiday has been purchased by Texas-based VIP Marinas. VIP Marinas owns and operates eight marinas in Texas and Oklahoma but this is its first acquisition in Florida. The property is located on 3.2 acres (1.3ha) near the mouth of the Anclote River. As the only marina on the river outside of the no-wake zone, it gives boaters in the Pasco County area the fastest local access to the Gulf of Mexico. The marina features 25 wet slips, drystack for 195 vessels, a fuel dock, dockside bait shop and a waterfront restaurant. Colliers International’s leisure property advisors team represented both the buyer and the seller, St Joseph’s Sound Investments LLC. The marketing process generated broad interest in only two months and culminated in ten offers that included marina investors, large national companies, local investors and first-time marina buyers. “This kind of heightened interest from investors represents a trend in the market,” said Dan Grovatt, a director in the Colliers team. “Marinas continue to gain significant investor attention as yields compress in core commercial real estate asset types,” he added. - November/December 2019 7

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