The award of a £3.5m growth fund grant has resulted in the engineering and design company Arup being awarded a contract to develop a masterplan for Bridlington harbour on the UK’s northeast coast. The masterplan will aim to produce a viable plan for both yachts and fishing craft including a marina for the former.

Called the Yorkshire Harbour & Marina Project, the grant was awarded to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington Harbour Commissioners by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership. The masterplan study will review the options available for making use of the of the existing port facilities for accommodating leisure craft and the UK’s largest shell fishing fleet of over 40 vessels.

Chris Wright, Chairman of the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners told IBI: “This project is in its very early stages and we do not know what will come out of the masterplan. We currently have 77 boats that we accommodate on pontoons and we would like to replace these with a marina for say up to 250 berths. It will be the late summer before we know what is viable as a result of the work Arup will do.” Arup has already started work on this project developing designs and identifying possible funding sources.

In a local media report from The, Neville Long, Project Director at Arup, was quoted saying: “We are delighted to have been appointed as master-planners and consulting engineers. The marina and harbour is a key driver in Bridlington’s regeneration and economic development – so we are looking forward to taking this exciting project through to its next stages.”

Councillor Stephen Parnaby Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, commented: “A project of this scale takes time and there are a number of milestones to pass. The realisation of the Yorkshire Harbour and Marina would be a real game changer for the Bridlington and would help unlock the economic potential of both the town and the Holderness Coast.”