A multi-million pound investment to create a 400 berth marina for privately own boats will be situated on the Barrow side of Buccleuch Dock adjacent to the Town Quay, with further berths on the Barrow Island side of Ramsden Dock.
An access canal or an overland boat lift will enable boats to leave Walney Channel and enter the dock system. The lift will provide access for up to six boats simultaneously, giving pleasure craft 24 hour a day access. The exhibited design for inclusion in the Marina Village development brief has been completed by Royal Haskoning and Bennetts.
There is a demand for a new marina in Barrow. Studies reveal that there are 24 Irish Sea Marinas, with 5,503 berths and 17 of the 24 marinas are fully occupied. Waiting lists are reported at 15 marinas. A British Marine Federation survey (2003) says the demand over the next 5 years in the North West Irish Sea sector totals 1,459 berths (733-sail, 316 power, 410 unspecified). 6 Sailing Clubs report immediate demand for berths and winter storage. Interest in a new marina at Barrow has been expressed by 8 of the 20 sailing clubs, as it is seen as offering a new location for winter storage, opening up new sailing opportunities, and will provide a port of refuge and overnight stop, and better alternative to Piel Island and with better facilities.
Work may start on constructing the marina in 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2010.
The marina village will from part of a dockside development that will also include shops, restaurants, an athletics track and children’s play areas.
The village, due for completion in December 2013, will consist of aroud 600 homes for families, couples and single people within a network of pedestrian and cycle-friendly streets and open spaces.
A main marina square which will house hotels, bars and restaurants will be located on the waterfront, with several smaller squares forming the basis of the majority of the housing. Barrow Borough Council will be leading this element of the development.
The Marina Village will be a new community within a low to mid-rise scale of development on Barrow's waterfront. Approximately 650 new dwellings will be developed and a network of streets and public spaces created. In addition, a mix of uses will be encouraged to serve the marina and community facilities on the site will include an athletics track, children's play areas and open space alongside Cavendish Dock.
The development will include:
- Marina Village - 18 ha with up to 650 residential units (mix of residential, retail and leisure).
- Marina and marina services area. (up to 450 berths)
- Foot/cycle bridge linking the Marina and business park.
- Watersports centre and athletics track.
- Wet land reserve.
- New road and pedestrian/cycle infrastructure.
Marina Village Development Programme
Several elements within the Waterfront Barrow in Furness masterplan, including Marina Village, have already now been aggregated into a single £100 - £120 million private sector investment opportunity. This investment was offered to the market during 2008 following the completion of a comprehensive development brief. The overall vision is to create a diverse new community within a low to mid rise scale of development. Approximately 650 dwellings will be developed and a network of streets and public spaces created. A mix of uses will be encouraged to serve a 350-400 berth marina, and facilities on the site will include waterfront commercial and residential development, watersports centre, the footbridge, an athletics track and associated facilities.
Marina Village will become a vibrant, active and safe neighbourhood - a new sustainable community in the heart of Barrow. It will be seen as a new leisure and residential destination contributing to the overall regeneration of the town and driving investment in the Waterfront Barrow in Furness masterplan as a whole.
Physical development, following the necessary land assembly, is expected to start in 2009.
Work to progress Harbour Revision Order for the Cruise facilities, Marina Access and Marina is being pursued by West Lakes Renaissance. The process will be kept as simple as possible to minimise the number of objections. Environmental and scoping work to support the application is underway. The timescale for achievement of the HRO is approximately 6 - 8 months, but if a public enquiry is necessary, then this will add up to 12 months.
West Lakes Renaissance - For further information please contact Mike Baker at West Lakes Renaissance 01229 840245.