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PLANNING & DESIGN Belgrade marina - unique and boutique UK-based consultancy Marina Projects has been appointed by Sebre Marina Dorć ol to help with the design and delivery of a new marina and waterfront development in Serbia’s capital Belgrade. It will be the first modern fullservice marina in the city and has sparked considerable interest from the local community. The marina’s location at the heart of a waterfront residential development will deliver a new lifestyle offering that Sebre Marina Dorć ol has focused upon in its marketing and branding materials. Located on the River Danube, the mixed-use waterfront project involves a €300 million regeneration of a site previously used as a power station. The site will be transformed to offer residential properties, commercial offices and green park space as well as a marina and an active public waterfront promenade with cafés, bars and retail to provide a true destination for locals and boat users alike. The marina will occupy an existing inlet on the southern bank of the Danube, located immediately to the west of the disused power station, which was originally constructed in the 1930s. The inlet, which has been used in the past for recreational boating, was originally constructed for receiving barges delivering fuel to the power station and includes an iconic gantry crane structure spanning the basin. Bespoke layout Marina Projects has been commissioned for the feasibility and technical design of a ‘boutique’ marina that includes berths for vessels up to 14m (46ft) and provision of berthing space for visiting vessels. The marina design adopts a bespoke and contemporary layout to complement the modern style architecture used for the landside development. The design has been established with consideration for the site’s history and includes the reconditioning of the existing pump station building to provide dedicated access to the marina. The buildings were previously used for extracting cooling water for the power station but will now accommodate a prominent centralised marina operations control building with commanding views over the marina and entrance to the berthing pontoons. Access to the pontoons will be via a 33m (108ft) pedestrian gangway. The scope of services has included an assessment of the site constraints and opportunities, market research and the confirmation of a preferred concept design to be taken forward into the design development. Further stages of work have included taking the project through the detailed design and its integration with the wider development proposals. As part of the ongoing scope, Marina Projects is also supporting the client team through the procurement phase of the project, which involves the preparation of a detailed package of technical documents that confirms the design requirements and design parameters for the marina equipment. 26 – July/August 2021

PLANNING & DESIGN Marina Projects recognises the need to establish clear divisions of design responsibility and communicate the requirements of the project through a set of detailed Employer’s Requirements and Performance Specifications for each of the project elements. In this regard, the procurement process is tailored to the project to ensure the development is delivered in accordance with the client’s vision and expectation. The process also ensures that project risks are identified, appropriately mitigated, managed and retired throughout the delivery phase. Flood protection An important design challenge for Marina Dorć ol has included a detailed review and assessment of river water levels to ensure that the marina can operate safely and effectively at all times. The review extended to analysis of previous flood events and the establishment of a 1 in 200-year extreme water level to inform the basis of design for marina equipment. With a range in water levels of over 7m (23ft), the analysis has informed the design and approach to quayside flood protection and integration within the landscape design of the development whilst maintaining a public waterfront which enjoys a close relationship to activity on the water. Flood protection is an ever-increasing issue in the marine environment with the rising threat of global climate change. In general terms, the frequency of severe weather events is forecast to increase over future years, increasing the risk and likelihood of significant flooding. As a result, waterfront developments need to factor adequate protection into the design and fabric of the scheme to ensure its long-term viability. As marina consultants, Marina Projects strives to reinforce the connection between land and water and identify design solutions that satisfy flood protection requirements whilst maintaining a close relationship at the interface. In the case of Marina Dorćol, this has been achieved through the introduction of a terraced perimeter walkway around the marina basin which is fully accessible to the public during periods of normal water levels. The solution is integrated into the landscape design and provides the all-important access and connectivity with the waterfrontage. Iconic vision Marina Dorć ol is seen as a development for the local residents of Belgrade and this vision has been a key point of reference throughout the design process. Simon Goodhead, senior project manager at Marina Projects comments: “Marina Dorć ol is an exciting regeneration project at the heart of Belgrade. The development will introduce a much-needed high quality berthing product for river users to benefit and enjoy for years to come. Marina Projects is pleased to be involved in a scheme that will provide significant improvement and growth to the local marine leisure industry.” The delivery phase of the project is scheduled to start this year, with the construction of the quayside edge and dredging of the marina basin being amongst some of the first priorities. Positioned centrally within the marina basin and restrained by inset piles, the floating pontoon system has been designed with the intention of providing berth holders with a feeling of space through the introduction of an oversized central walkway that tapers towards the entrance to the marina basin. The design is unique to Marina Dorć ol and will be synonymous with the location. Djordie Lukic of Sebre Marina Dorćol added: “Having Marina Projects as part of the professional team has been instrumental in bringing forward a fully considered design that responds to the needs of the wider development plans. Marina Dorć ol will be an important and iconic urban waterfront development that will provide significant socioeconomic and leisure benefits to the local area.” Marina Projects managing director, Mike Ward, said: “The River Danube presents some complex and challenging design issues, but our breadth of knowledge and experience of inland waterway projects has helped to design a feasible and sustainable marina scheme that will provide a unique focal point at the centre of the waterfront development. Activation of the water space is essential for any waterfront project and this requires careful consideration of the types of user groups and needs of the recreational boater.” – July/August 2021 27

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