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.
As the construction works at the marina progress, we have taken steps to ensure that our berth holders and marina visitors continue to enjoy good parking provision by extending our Woodland Car Park.
This extension has opened up a new area of parking, situated as close to the heart of marina as is possible at this time, and which will remain open for the duration of the development project watch out for the new signage that identifies this new car park.
Whilst a proportion of the main marina car park will remain in use for berth holders, a small section of parking is now dedicated to accommodating the construction vehicles and equipment being used for the renewal of the floating marina.
Premier Marinas is delighted to announce that the construction of the new floating marina at Noss on Dart Marina has begun.
Walcon Marine is now onsite and have started the phase 1 demolition and construction works, including the installation of the new inner walkways and what will become pontoon E and part of pontoon J. Once this phase has been completed, the marina team will temporarily relocate some berth holder boats onto the new sections whilst the Walcon team remove parts of the old pontoon to make way for phase 2, which will involve the construction of pontoons F and G.
Following this, the next major phases of the project will include: phase 3 – the construction of pontoons H and J; phase 4 – the construction of the additional walkways, which will ultimately lead to Premier’s dedicated water taxi and fuel pontoon berth; and phase 5 – the construction of pontoons A, B, C and D. The new £3.5m floating marina will provide a finger pontoon for each boat and rafting out will be a thing of the past.
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.
Premier Marinas is excited to announce the next three major phases of the redevelopment project at Noss on Dart Marina are now underway. With an investment of £6.5m from Premier, this major milestone of the Noss redevelopment project includes Phase 5: the new stacked car park; Phase 6: the new water treatment plant; and Phase 7: the new commercial building.
The works commenced at the start of August and are being carried out by three different external contractors: Devon Contractors, Teignmouth Maritime Services and Gilpin Demolition, who have almost finished the demolitions works to clear the foundations of the old onsite buildings.
Andy Osman CMM, General Manager at Noss on Dart Marina said: “We are delighted to be working with these local construction companies and these new phases mark a landmark point in time when we really start to forge ahead with our plans.”
Phase 5 of the redevelopment project comprises the build of the new stacked car park, which will include 6 parking levels with 195 spaces dedicated for berth holders and guests from the new hotel/apartments. This park will only be accessible via key fobs for security and privacy.
Phase 6 involves the construction of the new water treatment plant at Noss on Dart Marina, which will manage all waste and brown water that the future site will generate from the hotel and residential properties. The first phase of the new water treatment plant will need to be operational for the new commercial buildings, which are currently planned to be open by September 2021.
The new commercial buildings are Phase 7 of the redevelopment project and will include seven units initially to be used by current tenants, South Devon Marine Academy, as well as other marine related commercial businesses and potentially a self-store. This stage of the project will also include the old slipway to be filled in to create the new revetment.
External contractors, Gilpin Demolition have begun Phase 2 of the demolition works at Noss on Dart Marina, which involves clearing the foundations of the old onsite buildings, which the team were previously contracted to knock down.
This phase of the redevelopment project involves digging up and crushing the existing concrete and old bricks, which will then be used to raise levels across the site, ahead of the construction of the new planned buildings in the future.
Andy Osman CMM, General Manager said: “We are pleased to welcome Gilpin Demolition back onsite to undertake the next phase of the demolition operations. This is a small but vital stage in the redevelopment of Noss and it is great to see the site starting to change and transform into Premier’s vision for the future.”
Andy adds: “The Gilpin team plan to be on site until mid-August, during which time we will do our very best to keep the dust levels under control at all times.”
Premier Marinas is delighted to announce that work has commenced on the construction of a new electricity substation at Noss on Dart Marina; part of a £75m redevelopment to make it the UK’s finest marina and boatyard.
The sub-station works are being undertaken by UK Power Solutions, who moved onto site in April. Works are now underway to construct the foundations required to house the new switch room, auxiliary transformer and a 14m telecommunications pole, in accordance with the approved planning consent for this important phase of the development. The UK Power Solutions team is adhering to all safe working and social distancing practices whilst on site.
Before the new transformer is energised and ready for use, a new electricity supply will be taken from the overhead HV cables to the top of the Noss on Dart site and fed under the main road. This supply will then run into the new services ducting, which leads to the new sub-station – both of which will be created as part of this project.
Andy Osman CMM, General Manager said: “This new substation is an essential upgrade to the local network and will see the marina benefit from a more robust and resilient electricity supply to meet the demands of customers requiring connections in the future”.
Due to the complex nature of the project and with the delayed start due to COVID-19, Premier Marinas anticipate that works will be complete by September.
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.”
The Noss on Dart team is pleased to announce that dredging will be completed by the end of March in line with planning consent. The dredging programme has been undertaken by Dutch dredging company, Royal Smals who are extremely experienced in projects of this light. The dredging was originally scheduled to begin in October 2019 but all the necessary permissions were not in place by that time.
Marina Manager, Andy Osman CMM said: “The dredging project has been very challenging for our contractors who have had to battle with severe weather conditions throughout February, with gale force winds and the wettest recorded since records began. However, good progress has been made with the project and we are on schedule to complete before the end of March.”
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