Cardiff, Wales-headquartered Marine & Property Group Ltd (MPG) has acquired the 450-berth Burry Port Marina for an undisclosed sum. The marina is located in a popular Welsh tourist area adjacent to Pembrey County Park and within easy reach of the Gower Peninsula and Tenby.

The acquisition will bring MPG’s marinas portfolio to four, as they already operate facilities in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Port Dinorwic. In addition to marinas, the company also offers an integrated approach to boat owners with an established service offering that includes drystack berthing, hard-standing storage, boatyards and undercover workshops, commercial property and water-injection dredging services.

The acquisition of Burry Port Marina follows on from the successful water-injection dredging campaign carried out by the company at the marina to improve access into and around the harbour. MPG has been working closely with Carmarthenshire Council and presented a long-term investment programme to develop the marina into a first-class facility.

MPG has not said how much they are investing, but their plans include a rolling dredging programme ensuring facilities are accessible and optimal. In addition, the company has plans for a new marina building with high standard toilets and showers and a bar/coffee shop. The plans will see MPG working with and supporting local businesses to help boost employment. As part of the agreement, the dock walls will be renovated by Carmarthenshire Council.

The addition of Burry Port Marina to the portfolio provides a further location for the continued growth and development of the company’s boatyard services. MPG will develop these to include all types of inboard and outboard engines and a range of specialist services including insurance repairs, Hot Vac osmosis treatment, being a Dek-King dealer, 3M Gelcare Centre and approved Awlgrip and International Application Centre.

Christopher Odling-Smee, director, says: “We are excited to be working closely with Carmarthenshire Council to help develop Burry Port Marina into a first-class facility and a sustainable destination, alongside their greater initiative to develop the landside area adjacent to the marina. The planned creation of a leisure quarter and residential development at Burry Port will greatly complement our plans for the marina.”