UK marina owner and operator, Premier Marinas, has won planning approval to go-ahead with a £75m investment at its Noss on Dart marina and shipyard project at Dartmouth on Britain’s south coast.

Premier says: “The £75m proposed investment in the site will create a unique place of interest and activity at the heart of which will be the UK’s finest marina and boatyard.”

Premier Marinas CEO, Pete Bradshaw, commented: “The redevelopment of Noss on Dart is hugely important to us. We want to build something very special here, to create a sustainable place around the best marina in the UK. After all, this is a glorious site and the majority of it will remain in our hands for a long-time to come, so it really matters to us.”

Formerly a shipyard operated by Philip & Son, the Noss on Dart site has operated as a marina and shipyard since shipbuilding stopped in the late 1990s.

Premier acquired the site in 2016 and it comprises 37 acres of foreshore and woodland set on the bank of the River Dart, just below Kingswear and opposite Dartmouth.

Currently, much of the site is derelict and the existing marina infrastructure is in a poor state.

Premier’s plans will reinvigorate the site, creating a waterside place comprising a new marina which will include:

  • Wet berthing capacity expanded to 232 berths for yachts of 9m-25m (29ft-79ft). The new marina layout provides wide fairways and long fingers to reflect the site’s environment
  • A dry-stack berthing option for 100 smaller motorcraft
  • Expanded hard-standing to accommodate the storage and maintenance of 70 boats in the summer and up to 100 boats in the winter
  • A new 75-tonne boat hoist and new dock facility for lifting/launching boats
  • New dry-stack forklift, capable of lifting motorboats up to 10 tonnes and 10m (39.4ft)
  • New public slipway and a new quay wall
  • New marina building with a marina reception, luxury facilities and a small coffee and snack bar
  • Construction of 21 marine workshops and offices to house marine tenant services and other businesses
  • Purpose-built accommodation for South Devon College, including marine engineering workshops and training suites
  • A decked car park set down into the site against rock so that once on site it is not possible to see it from any direction - except from the north where we will provide a natural screening of plants
  • New pedestrian ferry infrastructure to support a regular service between Dartmouth and Noss on Dart
  • A reinterpretation of the iconic Phillips building with a heritage centre to retell the site’s history and a bistro café
  • A hotel with 50 rooms, two restaurants and a spa
  • 39 residential units, including 16 hotel apartments and 23 apartments in a reinterpreted Philips building

Premier Marinas’ outline planning application includes up to 91 new residential units to support the economic viability of the development in the form of houses, apartments and waterside cabins.

In terms of transforming the site, demolition of the site’s many derelict buildings will commence this autumn and will be followed by work on the replacement boatyard, car park and commercial buildings.

Renewal of the floating marina will start in the winter of 2019/20 and, once completed, the development of the hotel, Philip’s building and public areas will go ahead.

Premier anticipates completing the work on these core elements of the site by mid-2022 with the majority of the residential development taking place thereafter.

The redevelopment scheme is supported by a number of local authorities, including Dartmouth Town Council.