Marina Projects Limited has been appointed as part of a wider professional team to advise Portsmouth City Council (PCC) on its City Deal Project at Tipner West and Horsea East. The site lies immediate adjacent to the M275 on the west of the city and includes the MOD Firing Range site which will be transferred to PCC as part of the City Deal initiative which will release £47million of Government funding for the project.
The project envisages a significant residential development to help towards the City’s housing needs and a major employment site focusing on marine industries and advanced technologies.
The professional team is being led by Savills in their capacity as Planning Consultant and in addition to Marina Projects Limited also includes Gensler, the masterplan architects and WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff, who are providing support on engineering and environmental issues.
The focus for Marina Projects has been to undertake a detailed site appraisal that considers the various site constraints and reviews the opportunities to maximise the access to the water. Commenting upon these issues, Mike Ward, Managing Director noted;
“Waterfront sites for marine employment use are in short supply and under real pressure from competing uses. The growth prospects for the sector, particularly across the Solent, are significant but there is a danger that this potential won’t be fulfilled unless new waterfront employment sites are developed. This initiative from PCC, with wider support across the region and within Government, should be welcomed by the industry. A key part of our role will be identifying what is possible and how best to maximise the opportunity whilst recognising the significant planning and environmental challenges. Maximising the access and connections to the water will be fundamental in unlocking the sites potential”
The second phase of work that is currently ongoing relates to identifying the scale and nature of demand from across the marine and maritime sectors. Marina Projects Limited are undertaking a significant piece of analysis and are engaging with companies across various sub-sectors of the marine economy. Mike Ward added;
“The pressure on waterfront sites is undoubtedly constraining growth of the industry and this is reflected in the very positive levels of interest from across various sub-sectors of the marine industry including, commercial vessel repair/refit; superyacht new build and refit; marine renewables; autonomous vessels and advanced composites. This depth of interest is further supported by demand from the marine sector supply chain much of which is embraced in activity across various sub-sectors of the marine economy. We are keen to expand the evidence base to support the proposals and I would welcome contact from any marine business that has an interest in expanding facilities or setting up in the Portsmouth area.”
The masterplan is set to be completed by the Spring of 2017 to be followed by a period of public consultation. In addition to the Government funding, as part of a long-term programme, the project is anticipated to leverage investment of more than £800million into the City.