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2022 July August Marina World

The magazine for the marina industry


ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS START-UPS MARINA & YACHT CLUB DEVELOPERS | #monacosmartmarina Information: Publicité.indd 4 22/06/2022 18:03:58

NEWS FOCUS Left & below: St Peter Port, Guernsey, is a popular mooring spot. An all-tide marina is proposed to maximise the potential of the currently under-utilised mooring area. New all-tide marina to enhance leisure mooring GUERNSEY: UK-based Marina Projects has been appointed by Guernsey Ports to support the preparation of a detailed feasibility into the development of a new all-tide access ‘Pool Marina’ scheme in St Peter Port. The creation of an all-tide marina seeks to maximise the potential of the currently under-utilised pool moorings area and enhance the leisure berthing offering at St Peter Port with the introduction of modern berthing arrangements and improved customer facilities. Outline proposals include a new marina that is centrally located within St Peter Port. It would have permanent walk ashore access to strengthen the harbour’s immediate connection and proximity to the town centre and attractive waterfront. Proposals also include the introduction of a breakwater structure to improve wave protection within the harbour confines and provide notable secondary benefits to existing operational assets. Other work streams include breakwater studies, dredging assessments, navigation studies and an extensive programme of marine boreholes. In response to significant market demand for additional pontoon berthing, Pool Marina would be the first all-tide berthing facility in the town, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy unrestricted access to the excellent nearby cruising grounds of Herm and Sark. Likewise, the geographic location of Guernsey provides an advantage for boaters cruising between the UK, Jersey and northern France. Marina Projects is providing specialist marine advice for the feasibility, concept design and technical design of Pool Marina and will undertake a comprehensive programme of stakeholder engagement and marina financial modelling. Working closely with the Guernsey Ports client team and consulting engineers, and in order to establish the optimum marina solution that will make best use of the waterspace, the concept design will aim to integrate Pool Marina with existing landside uses and marine infrastructure without compromising existing marine leisure and commercial port operations. The scope of services includes undertaking extensive market assessment of the regional area, including the cruising grounds of the Channel Islands, Solent and northern France, to identify the scale and nature of market demand applicable to Guernsey. The information and conclusions drawn from the study will be used to inform and confirm the market opportunities for berthing and user groups, and guide expectations in terms of support services for local berth holders and visitor facilities. The concept design for Pool Marina will seek to balance the market research findings, the client’s vision and the constraints and opportunities present at the site. Furthermore, consideration of the existing harbour operations and assets through extensive stakeholder engagement will ensure the development proposals are complementary and provide wider – July/August 2022 19

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