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UK: Windermere Marina project completes

The redevelopment of Windermere Marina Village on Lake Windermere in England’s Lake District National Park has been completed. The project was designed and managed by marina consultancy firm Marina Projects.

Located to the south of the iconic Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere Marina Village is the largest full-service marina on the lake, providing 337 berths. Marina Projects was commissioned for a broad range of specialist support to include: strategic advice on the initial planning permission; relevant environmental approvals; concept design and specification of the new marina; procurement and contract administration; and project management and site supervision. The construction was completed over three consecutive winter phases.

The primary strategy for the redevelopment was to replace all existing traditional fixed timber jetty structures, which were submerged by floods on an annual basis, with modern floating pontoon equipment. The main construction work for this was undertaken by specialist pontoon contractor Walcon Marine.

A new berthing layout was devised to optimise waterspace in the most efficient manner. Designed in accordance with industry codes, the new layout provides improved access and navigation within the marina for all vessels, with the largest up to 15m in length.

As part of the new design and installation, consideration was given to the enhancement of customer access and circulation to the marina through dedicated access arrangements, high-quality berth utilities to include fibre connections to each vessel, along with upgraded Wi-Fi installation across the basin.

Dan Fairweather, manager of Windermere Marina Village, commented: “The new marina provides our customers with the modern berthing facility that they deserve. The improvements cannot be understated, mitigating the risk of flood events through the introduction of high-quality berthing facilities within the sheltered confines of our marina basin. Marina Projects has worked with us to understand the needs of the business, establishing a design that delivers a new market leading marina on Lake Windermere.”

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