Premier Marinas, one of the UK’s leading marina operators, is planning an £11m investment programme for 2018. This will include the first tranche of £7.5m on the Noss on Dart, which is being redeveloped at a cost of £75m. Planning permission of this project is still awaited.

The Noss on Dart marina is being redeveloped into a new and larger facility offering 232 berths. It will include a modern boatyard with a drystack with 120 spaces. The marina will also have its own cluster of marine service companies with 21 workshops being included. There will also be retail outlets and a café plus 130 residential units. Premier Marinas hopes that planning permission will be awarded later this year or early next.

Another key project will involve a £480,000 spend at Port Solent Marina near Portsmouth, which will allow larger yachts to be accommodated. This configuration, which will take about four months to complete, will be ready in time for the 2018 season. The project will give Port Solent Marina the capability to berth yachts up to 33m (108ft).

A spokesman told IBI: “The main reason for the configuration is to provide more berths for yachts in the 14m-17m (46ft-56ft) range for which we are experiencing demand.”

It is anticipated that after this demand has been met, the marina will have 19 additional larger boat berths with other pontoons in the marina not being affected by the reconfiguration.

Port Solent Marina general manager, Graham Bristowe, commented: “Port Solent was built in the 1980s and since that time it has become increasingly popular with larger production boats, meaning the current pontoons have become dated. This upcoming project endeavours to modernise the infrastructure of Port Solent, allowing it to berth larger boats which is expected to be particularly popular with motorboat owners.”

Commenting on the full investment for 2018, Peter Bradshaw, CEO of Premier Marinas, said: “Our mission is to be the finest marina operator on the south coast, providing value for money berthing for our customers. Central to this ambition is ongoing investment and planning for the future.”

Premier Marinas is owned by the Wellcome Trust. It owns and operates nine marinas on Britain's south coast: Eastbourne, Brighton, Chichester, Swanwick, Noss on Dart, Falmouth, Southsea in Langstone Harbour, Port Solent and Gosport.