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MARINA UPDATE Redevelopment timed for 50 year anniversary Lord Montagu has reopened Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour on the Beaulieu River in Hampshire, England. Faces from past and present came together to celebrate the milestone achievement in a special COVID-safe ceremony on board Gipsy Moth IV, the yacht that Sir Francis Chichester famously sailed around the globe. “After two winters of upheaval and over a year of coronavirus restrictions, it is a great relief to see the marina reconfiguration completed just as the country is coming out of the third lockdown,” said Lord Montagu. “I hope that the berth holders approve of the changes and that, for those who have kept their boat on the river for several decades, the atmosphere of the river does not seem too different to when the marina was built 50 years ago.” The Montagu family has protected the Beaulieu River, one of the few privately owned rivers in the world, for over four centuries and the redevelopment was undertaken in a sustainable way to protect its unique character. Gosport-based specialist marina consultancy Marina Projects retained the traditional look and feel of the original 1971 marina while updating it with the best of modern equipment and design, and Fareham-based Walcon Marine reused as much of the existing infrastructure as possible. Unique to the Beaulieu River, the company L to r: former harbour master Bill Grindey, harbour master Wendy Stowe, Lord Montagu and his sister, Mary Montagu- Scott, with Gipsy Moth IV. The yacht was originally moored on the Beaulieu River before its epic journey around the world. pioneered a new way to reuse Greenheart timber piles, reusing the piles in their entirety where possible or creating a new hybrid pile, which combines a section of the existing timber with a lower encasement for the below-water-line section. The improvements include 66 new marina berths, including larger berths to suit vessels up to 20m (66ft), as well as upgraded electrical services, improved WiFi and a new dedicated visitor area. This opened last summer and is already proving popular this year, with sailors eager to escape to the jewel of the Solent at the gateway to the New Forest. During the initial stages of the commission, Marina Projects provided a broad range of specialist marina consultancy advice to include analysis of the local and wide market, a detailed review of the site constraints, development of concept design options and the development of the business and funding case. Due to the sensitive environmental setting of Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour and the complex consent regime that exists, a detailed consent and approval strategy was required that considered the interaction between river users and designated habitats along the river to introduce a net benefit in disturbance and a positive ecological impact. Subsequently, Marina Projects successfully secured planning permission and a marine licence for delivering the associated works. Mike Ward, managing director of Marina Projects, commented: “Having been involved in this project since its inception, it is extremely pleasing to see the redevelopment of the marina complete. This project is especially rewarding, not least because of the iconic location, but the challenges that the project team have had to navigate and overcome through the COVID-19 pandemic. I would especially like to extend our thanks to Walcon Marine, Rolec Services and ML Dredging for their committed work during these challenging times.” Harbour master, Wendy Stowe, said: “Our new facilities are truly market leading and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our berth holders and visitors back to the marina to enjoy the forthcoming boating season. Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is celebrating its 50 th anniversary this year so having the redevelopment completed to coincide with this important milestone makes this an extra special celebration.” – May/June 2021 17

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