The new floating marina at Noss on Dart Marina is taking shape, with Walcon Marine making good progress; having now installed the new ‘back walkway’ which has replaced the old inside, or C pontoon as many will remember it.
The new £3.5m floating marina will provide individual finger pontoons for each berth holder, making the berthing of boats easier and considerably safer for berth holders and visitors alike.
Many longstanding berth holders have been waiting in some cases more than ten years for the new marina to be built so Premier is pleased to report that, subject to weather conditions, progress is on track for the completion of the floating marina for the 2021 season.
Following the infill of the old Noss slipway, autumn works on the revetment wall at Noss on Dart have made steady progress as local contractor, Teignmouth Maritime Services have continued with construction.
The revetment wall is designed to form a protective barrier between the river and the earth embankment and represents a key step towards enabling the shore side construction of the new marina and boatyard lifting dock.
Reaching this phase involved a significant amount of ground work as tonnes of earth and materials were move to fill in the old slipway to the point where the new river defence works could be started to provide a robust river edge protection constructed. Eventually the works will involve driving a number of large piles into the embankment to support the new hoist dock.
Premier is delighted to announce that the construction of the new floating marina will commence on Monday 5th October. Specialist contractors, Walcon Marine have been awarded the contract and weather permitting, we plan to complete the works for the start of the 2021 boating season.
This six month project will involve driving over 100 new piles into the river bed to secure the new pontoons and general marina infrastructure. The installation of a self-serve fuel bay with pump out facilities, new Wi-Fi technology and a self-administered system for electricity hook ups will follow soon after. A major part of the works afloat will include replacing the old steel pontoons that were originally built by the Philips Shipyard and in preparation for this an extensive dredging programme was undertaken.
The new £3.5m floating marina will provide a finger pontoon for each boat and rafting out will be a thing of the past. In addition, every berth will measure at least the length of the boat berthed on it thereby making berthing easier and getting on an off boats safer – particularly for power boat owners who will be able to step directly onto the pontoon from the stern of their boat.
Many of our longstanding berth holders have been waiting for the new marina to be built, some for over ten years and because of this we would like to assure everyone that as a marina owner and operator, the replacement of the floating marina and the facilities that serve it are our primary focus.
Beyond this, our wider aim is to build something very special at Noss on Dart; to create a sustainable place, with a vibrant commercial community that will sensitively work alongside the natural beauty of the site, securing the future of the marina for boaters and bringing visitors, employment and investment opportunities into the area.
Work is progressing at Noss on Dart Marina with the recent arrival of the dredger on site. The dredging programme is being undertaken by Dutch dredging company Royal Smals who are extremely experienced dredging contractors.
The dredging programme is designed to last up to seven weeks and is broken down into individuals sections running from the north to the south of the marina, concentrating on the shallow areas identified in the pre-dredge survey.
The dredger will be operating a cutter suction method to excavate the material which will then be pumped ashore to allow the solids in the material to settle and the water to drain back cleanly into the river. This process takes place inside large specialised bags which contain the dredged materials whilst the de-watering process completes.
The intention is that if suitable the dredged material will be used on site to raise levels and for other construction projects.
Following a hectic summer season, during which we concentrated on the demolition of the derelict shipyard buildings, we are now in a position to provide an update for everyone interested in the next phase of the redevelopment.
We are pleased to confirm that we are ready to begin construction of the new Commercial Buildings and the relating Decked Car Park, subject only to final confirmation that a number of planning conditions relating to these works have been discharged by South Hams District Council. Contractors for each of these projects are in place, with the constructor of the Decked Car Park also briefed to undertake the preparatory works for construction of the Water Treatment Plant.
On the water side, we have appointed a contractor to undertake the required dredging works in the location of the planned new floating marina. Once the dredging is completed we will begin Phase 1 of the new marina, which will be constructed to the South of the current pontoons, and will involve driving many new piles to facilitate the provision of a single berth per finger pontoon, instead of the rafted berthing we have today.
These projects are however strictly controlled by planning conditions which dictate that work can only be undertaken between October and March in any given year. Whilst much research and careful planning has gone into this element of the development, some conditions are still required to be discharged by South Hams before the works can go ahead.
Meanwhile, we would like to assure you that any delays to these projects are not through any actions that Premier have or have not taken. We are working with the planners and their statutory consultees which include The Environment Agency; mindful to the fact that Noss on Dart is a complex and sensitive site.
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