The nomination falls as it begins the second phase of its £2m redevelopment. The project will increase capacity by a further 35 berths and improve services. The new berths will be available by April 2021 and will include large berths capable of accommodating vessels of 18 metres and above.
Russell Bowman, Beaulieu Enterprises managing director, said, “We are thrilled to be nominated for Marina of the Year in The British Yachting Awards. They are the only sailing awards voted for entirely by sailors themselves, and we’re delighted to have been recognised for our commitment to improving facilities and providing a friendly service that goes above and beyond.”
The development, which has been designed to future-proof the marina and adapt to the changing nature of modern boating, is being undertaken in two off-season phases to minimise disruption. Phase one of the development, which included the construction of a dedicated visitor area, upgraded electrical services and an initial increase in walk-ashore pontoons, has been well received.
Harbour Master Wendy Stowe said, “The Beaulieu River is a natural haven and a perfect place to ‘get away from it all’, particularly in such a challenging year. We’ve been pleased to provide a secure and friendly environment this summer, and look forward to sharing our new facilities with visitors when they open next spring.”
The final phase of work was due to begin this month to minimise disruption to marina customers. Swinging moorings will continue to be provided during the winter.
The redevelopment is being done in a sensitive and sustainable way in collaboration with Natural England and the Environment Agency to ensure the protection of the river’s unique habitats and species. Pump out facilities and a new wash down area in keeping with environmental standards are being installed, and as much of the old infrastructure as possible is being refurbished and reused to maintain the unique character of the harbour.
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