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Marina Projects 2013 Review

Our New Year newsletter provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months as well as looking forward to 2014.  Mike Ward, Project Director, provides his thoughts:

“2013 was a positive year for the consultancy with a great mix of new projects and further opportunities to provide services to existing clients.  The trend of increased activity on the international scene continued and if anything, remains on an upward curve.  It is not just the international spread of projects and enquiries that is exciting but the scale and ambitious nature too; last year Marina Projects saw particular focus in Montenegro, throughout Asia Pacific and also in the Middle East, particularly in Qatar.”

“Encouragingly as 2013 drew to a close there were indications that the UK market is picking up with a range of both public sector and private client work and this experience is evidenced by some positive data from the marine leisure industry.  For us, UK highlights included securing a full set of consents for the Royal Southern Yacht Club, River Hamble project as well as work on the marina expansion plans at Windermere Aquatics.  It is also expected that 2014 will see major progress on the Cowes Outer Harbour Project and we look forward to continuing to play our part.”

“Against the background of our experiences it therefore comes as no surprise that recent statistics for the USA and UK boating industries suggest positive signs for the global boating market, which can only be a reflection of greater consumer confidence borne from improved economic data from the wider economy.”

“The past year has seen our professional team grow further and we expect this to continue in 2014 as reflected in articles presented in our newsletter.  Ours is a people business and I am really pleased the new team members have fitted in so well and are making such a valuable contribution.”

Marina Projects Team

“The increased activity in 2013 provided a great springboard to develop our consultancy activities further and we are thrilled to have started the process of opening a branch office in Hong Kong.  This initiative will enhance the provision of services to on-going projects in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China and also ensure we are best placed to service the wider Asia Pacific region.  Marina Projects already has an established collaboration with Mott MacDonald Hong Kong which has stood us in good stead and this relationship, together with the status of Hong Kong as a trading location and the great transport connections throughout the region made Hong Kong the natural choice to locate the branch office.  This is a truly exciting step for Marina Projects and I look forward to working with the whole team to make it a success; further news in due course as the branch office becomes reality.”

Read the newsletter here.