CLIENT: Windermere Aquatic
Marina Projects has secured a vital planning permission for the extension and reconfiguration of Windermere Quays Marina at Bowness on Lake Windermere. The extension will increase the number of berths on the water to 260 with an increased average berth size to suit market demand.
This is a prestige project for Marina Projects and demonstrates the diverse nature of projects undertaken by the company. The marina is an important facility supporting tourism in the Lakes and the additional 80 berths will bring real benefits to the area.
ROLE OF MARINA PROJECTS
The Windermere Aquatic site at Bowness is recognised as providing a strategic development opportunity, to create a world-class visitor attraction. Lake Windermere is England’s largest natural lake and is a key visitor destination within the Lake District National Park.
Whilst good policy support exists for the development, the situation was complicated by the sensitive setting combined with a policy requirement to ensure that navigational safety was not compromised for the full range of lake users. This demanded that a detailed assessment and supporting case was prepared.
The development is in the narrowest part of the Lake, with an extensive range of users from commercial passenger vessels through to kayaks, dinghies and even swimmers.
The study assessment had to account for the range of competencies from professional skippers, experienced yachtsmen and also novice boat users as well as the activities of the disabled facility at the adjacent Blackwell Sailing Club. Our approach was to undertake a detailed navigation risk assessment of the existing facility and use the results to inform the design process. The assessment became the cornerstone to our stakeholder engagement and the Planning Application.