Scotland's James Watt Dock Marina (JWD) is planning to invest £1.25m on a new administrative building that will create a focus for expanding the marina’s activities. Richard Robb Architects of Gourock have submitted a planning application to Inverclyde Council on behalf of James Watt Marina Ltd for the new building.

In addition to being the marina’s operational office, the building will provide first-class facilities for marina customers that replace the existing portacabins in the Sugar Shed. A bespoke bistro café and three retail and office units have also been incorporated in the design, all enjoying commanding views over James Watt Dock and conveniently located for ease of access by land and water. The building is due to be completed by 2020.

The design process was led by Geoff Phillips, executive chairman of Marina Projects Ltd, which owns James Watt Marina Ltd. Phillips said: “We have been working closely with Richard Robb Architects and the project team over the last few months to bring forward a building design which meets the future needs of the marina whilst at the same time acknowledging the local environment. Although designed with a modern concept, the carefully selected materials respond to the rich James Watt Dock Heritage and we anticipate that the proposals will be viewed favourably by the Planning Authority.”

The investment in the new building forms part of the ongoing and long-term commitment by Marina Projects to the expansion and development of the James Watt Dock Marina business and ambition of raising the profile of Greenock and Inverclyde within the marine leisure sector.

That commitment also extends to generating local employment and, where possible, the engagement of regionally-based professionals and contractor organisations as the development works are taken forward. On this point, Phillips commented: “From the outset it was our stated intention to bring together a regionally-based project team for the new marina administration building and I am pleased to say that in addition to Richard Robb Architects, the project team includes Fairhurst (Glasgow), Allied Surveyors Scotland (Greenock) and Butler Consulting.”