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Sept Oct 2015 Marina World

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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Expert view Limassol Marina in Cyprus is central to a high profile shoreside development. being the first full service marina for superyachts on the southern coast of the island, it is central to a high profile shoreside development at a renovated waterfront. The marina has changed the face of the city, with its 650 berths for yachts and superyachts up to 110m (360ft), an integrated resort, over 160 apartments (80% sold) and 74 villas with berths or beach access. The marina is managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&NM) in partnership with Francoudi & Stephanou Marinas. “Limassol Marina has had a transformational effect on the city waterfront,” says C&NM’s Sean Purdy. “Architecturally it complements the historic port city, extending its reach beyond the original harbour boundary with the creation of islands and peninsulas protected by a 1km (0.6 mile) outer breakwater.” Another example of synergy between marina and waterfront can be found at Porto Montenegro in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. Established as a superyacht marina in 2009, it has been subject to various development phases designed by UK-based Marina Projects. “We’ve been involved in Porto Montenegro since 2006 and we are now approaching completion of phase two,” confirms managing director, Mike Ward. “The ‘blank canvas’ provided by the site was a significant advantage but the commercial nature of the existing landside areas demanded a comprehensive redevelopment. Being involved from the outset has enabled us to integrate all of the marina’s elements with the mixeduse shoreside development.” The stylish OneOcean Club restaurant terrace is one of many upscale highlights at Marina Port Vell, Barcelona. Sean Purdy, marketing manager Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Q: Do you think that shoreside developments influence marina development? A: A shoreside development with a marina needs to be designed collectively to consider how the two will work together. They must be sympathetic to each other so the layout and styling of shoreside architecture complements what’s newly built on the water and what’s already there on the land. This starts with the overall masterplan, strongly informed by the market for which the development will serve. This usually ranges from the local community to international visitors, yacht and property owners of nearby towns and cities. Q: What are the positive and negative effects? A: If it’s done right, there are really only positive effects. Yacht owners have a safe, secure home for their boat, with ready access to the sea and to the leisure and cultural attractions available ashore. Local residents get to enjoy a fun and bustling waterfront, and the economy benefits from increased revenue and employment as new businesses are created to service the new yachting centre. If the development is poorly conceived and executed, it’s a different story. Problems with access will reduce footfall, insufficient protection from wind and waves will discourage berth holders and visiting yachts, and unsympathetic architecture can be an eyesore in a beautiful setting. However, if the project is undertaken with a full understanding of the operational, commercial and cultural drivers, these pitfalls are avoidable. Q: Does your involvement in these projects limit the design of a new marina or the improvement of an existing facility? A: There are several key factors that constrain a marina’s design. First and most obvious are the physical conditions it must withstand - from wind, waves, tide, current, heat and cold. If it is a virgin site then it’s possible to choose the marina’s location and start with a ‘blank sheet of paper’. But if it’s a redevelopment or a new facility within an existing harbour, then the design needs to work within those constraints. This narrowing of the options can actually prompt some of the most imaginative and creative design and engineering solutions. - September/October 2015 29

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