17th March 2020
This month external contractors, Walcon Marine are on site with their piling barge the “Walcon Wizard” to test drive new piles in strategic locations across the footprint of the new floating marina in order to gain a much better understanding of the ground in which the new marina piles will be driven to create the new marina.
The current floating marina is held up by 14 piles which will increase to approximately 100 piles driven into the river bed, once the new marina is developed. Andy Osman CMM, Marina Manager explains further: “We have no knowledge of how hard or soft the ground is and so this trial programme is necessary to make sure we are happy with the ground conditions. Works commenced on Monday 16th March and this marks a significant step forward for the marina redevelopment as a whole.”
24th July 2019
Work on the Noss on Dart Marina regeneration is continuing with the removal of the old timber quay in anticipation of the reclamation of the land which will facilitate the construction of the new boatyard, Marina Reception and waterside apartments along the foreshore.
This work was completed in June with the deck section and timber piles removed, and a line of yellow marker buoys installed to mark the line not to cross in case of any underwater obstructions towards the land. The old Boatyard Office has also now been removed, but there is a section of the old timber piles kept in place for the time being to support the access ramp and bridge onto the pontoons. The access ramp and bridge will stay in position until phase 1 of the new floating marina starts. This phase is planned to start in October 2019.
10th June 2019
The next phase of the regeneration of Noss on Dart Marina will see the removal of the old timber quay that meets the water’s edge by the marina bridgehead. This is being demolished in preparation for the installation of the new floating marina that will start construction later in the year.
This work will also involve the removal of the old Boatyard Marina Office portacabin. With this cabin now closed and awaiting removal, Noss on Dart Marina has amalgamated all administration operations under one roof in the Marina Reception where all bookings, payments and information will be serviced until further notice.
The removal of the old timber quay will help facilitate the reclamation of the land which will host the development of the new boatyard and other buildings along the foreshore, including the new Marina Reception and waterside apartments.
13th May 2019
Today Noss on Dart re-opened the Dart Valley Trail car park for the use of all dog walkers and other walkers who simply enjoy rambling through the beautiful trails through the woods at Noss.
The new car park has been part of the overall redevelopment of Noss on Dart Marina and represents a significant investment at an early stage of the project. This morning Mrs Lesley Giles, her son and two dogs joined Andy Osman, General Manager at Noss Marina, along with other members of the Noss staff to formerly cut the safety ribbon to the new car park officially opening the new facility for use. Lesley, a local resident, brings her dogs to Noss most days and welcomes the new facility which she says is a fantastic improvement on the old arrangements and particularly likes the new trees and general planting which is already improving the atmosphere and overall ambience of the site.
23rd April 2019
As part of the regeneration of Noss on Dart Marina, the majority of the old shipyard buildings have been demolished in order to create space for the new construction. This demolition work is happening in stages with Phase 1 of the demolition now complete; some of the buildings will remain in place until their replacements have been constructed.
The buildings that Gilpin Demolition have taken down in Phase 1 include Noss House, the Green Shed, the former Platers’ and Welders’ Shops and the residential houses at Longwood. The Philips Building was the final structure to be removed in Phase 1, and with that removed Premier can start to plan the construction of some of the new buildings that will form part of the regeneration at Noss.
Much of the structure that made up the Philips Building has been saved in order to incorporate it into the new building to remind visitors of the heritage of the site. This includes steel columns, crane gantries and other artefacts, whilst the South-West facing front elevation wall of the Philips Building has been incorporated into designs to be rebuilt to ensure associations to the site’s history will remain.
Work on the new decked car park will commence this spring and will be followed by the construction of the commercial buildings in July 2019 and the new boatyard in October 2019. The new boatyard will have a 75-tonne hoist serving private, commercial and fishing craft with Premier also constructing a dry stack to accommodate around 100 smaller motor vessels.
Important work on the renewal of the floating marina is scheduled to begin in winter 2019/20 and, once it is all complete, will accommodate 232 berths. On completion of the floating marina, the development of the hotel, new Philips Building and public areas will proceed with Premier aiming to finish work on these core elements by mid-2022. The majority of the residential developments will take place thereafter.
25th March 2019
Work on the Noss on Dart Marina regeneration is progressing well with the woodland car park now finished for use, as is the access road from the entrance of the marina up to the railway bridge. The woodland car park includes a living wall, which is home to a variety of native plants, overtime these plants will help to blend the car park back into the natural environment.
The visibility splay at the entrance is also complete, and has made entering and exiting the marina much safer for vehicles.
The first demolition phase is reaching its final stages (some buildings are to remain in place until their replacements have been constructed) with Noss House, the Green Shed, the former Platers’ and Welders’ Shops and the residential houses at Longwood all having been removed. The Philips Building is scheduled for demolition in the spring, beginning with the gable end facing the river; this work follows the safe removal of the asbestos in the building.
Work on the new decked car park is also to commence in the spring followed by the commercial buildings in July 2019 and the new boatyard in October 2019. The new boatyard will have a 75-tonne hoist serving private, commercial and fishing craft and a dry stack for around 100 smaller vessels. Work on the renewal of the floating marina is scheduled to begin in winter 2019/20 and once completed will accommodate 232 berths.
8th January 2019
The demolition of the old shipyard buildings at Noss on Dart is now underway. This has necessarily resulted in a considerable increase in the flow of heavy plant accessing the site. With this in mind we ask that you exercise particular caution as you drive in and out of the marina, and when on foot, we advise that you keep clear of the protective fencing around the buildings being worked on and follow the instructions on safety signage at all times.
The buildings being demolished include the Green Shed, Noss House, the Philips Building, and the former Platers’ and Welders’ Shops; the work is expected to be completed by the end of April 2019. This phase will be followed by work on the replacement boatyard, decked car park and commercial buildings. The residential developments are set to be the final part of the overall plan to reinvigorate Noss on Dart Marina.
20th August 2018
Premier Marinas has recently been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Noss on Dart marina. The £75m proposed investment in the site will create a unique place of interest and activity at the heart of which will be the UK’s finest marina and boatyard.
Noss on Dart was acquired by Premier in 2016 and comprises 37 acres of foreshore and woodland set on the bank of the River Dart, just below Kingswear and opposite Dartmouth. The site was formerly the Philip & Son shipbuilding yard but has operated as a marina and boatyard since shipbuilding ceased in the late 1990s.
Currently, much of the site is derelict and the existing marina infrastructure is in a poor state. Premier’s plans will reinvigorate the site, creating a waterside place comprising a new marina with around 232 berths; a dry stack for 100 smaller motor craft; a boatyard with a 75-tonne boat hoist servicing private, fishing and commercial craft across South Devon; 21 marine trade commercial units; a hotel with 50 rooms, two restaurants and a spa; new car parking arrangements and a Heritage centre to celebrate the site’s history. Premier’s plans also include a passenger ferry link to Dartmouth town with its shops, restaurants and historic places of interest.
To speed up delivery of the development, and in anticipation of planning consent for the main scheme, Premier has already commenced enabling development; a scheme to widen and strengthen the railway bridge providing access to the site has just been completed and works to create additional car parking in the woods above the site are underway.
Demolition of the site’s many derelict buildings will commence this autumn and will be followed by work on the replacement boatyard, car park and commercial buildings. Renewal of the floating marina will start in the winter of 2019/20 and once completed, the development of the hotel, Philip’s building and public areas will go ahead. Premier hopes to complete work on these core elements of the site by mid 2022 with the majority of the residential development taking place thereafter.
CEO Pete Bradshaw: ‘The redevelopment of Noss on Dart is hugely important to us. We want to build something very special here, to create a sustainable place around the best marina in the UK. After all, this is a glorious site and the majority of it will remain in our hands for a long time to come, so it really matters to us.’
13th March 2018
The works on the road bridge at Noss on Dart Marina are underway and will see the widening and strengthening of the road bridge to extend the weight capacity of the bridge to 45 tons. This will enable larger vessels to arrive and depart the South Coast marina on transport to and from other locations. This project represents an investment of just over £700,000 and is a key element in unlocking the future of Noss on Dart Marina. After the introduction and opening of the pedestrian bridge in 2017, this is the second major element in Noss on Dart Marina’s development by Premier Marinas.
General Manager at Noss on Dart Marina, Andy Osman, said: “We are delighted to have secured planning approval for site clearance and enlargement of the existing woodland car park and the creation of a new woodland car park to the north of the access road which will ultimately create up to 147 car parking spaces. This will provide additional car parking for berth holders, tenants and the contractors whilst the road bridge is closed.”
21st July 2017
We are pleased to let you know that we have submitted our application for the redevelopment of Noss-on-Dart Marina. Those of you who are familiar with the site will know that it’s in great need of regeneration, with many of the buildings being derelict. We are therefore proposing to invest £75m to create the finest marina; making it one of the largest infrastructure investments in the area for decades.
As you know, our plans have been drawn up after extensive consultation with the community, Harbour Authority and others and has produced a masterplan that we believe is right for the site and would bring investment to the local area. This would include the creation of between 150-200 jobs once the redevelopment has been completed.
Included in our plans are:
- A new marina layout for around 232 berths plus a dry stack berthing option for 100 or so smaller motor craft
- Onshore provision for the storage of 70 boats in summer and 100 in winter
- 21 commercial units
- New home for South Devon College
- A new dock facility
- 75 tonne boat hoist
- Hotel with 50 rooms, two restaurants and spa
- Passenger ferry link to Dartmouth
- Reinterpretation of the Philips building, with Bistro café and heritage centre
At this stage we are only applying for outline approval for the residential development and if approved, we would then submit a further application at a later stage to agree the design and layout.
An outline of our proposal and the masterplan are available to view at Noss-on-Dart during office opening hours.
To see the full application and make your views known, please go to South Hams Council’s planning portal. Your views will be important in helping the council make its decision.