A Bright Future for Noss on Dart Marina
Keep up to date here with the latest news and important notices from Premier Marinas regarding the redevelopment work taking place at Noss on Dart Marina. We appreciate your support for these works which are essential to the long term success of the South Coast marina. To find out more information about the site's full regeneration plan, visit nossmarina.net.
Noss on Dart’s Redevelopment – Reaching New Heights
13th January 2021
As we enter 2021 Noss on Dart continues to be a hive of activity as the team and external contractors commence the construction of the shoreside marina elements of the development.
The team from Devon Contractors are now back onsite steadily working to complete Phase 1 of the new Commercial Buildings and decked car park at Noss on Dart Marina. The new commercial building will provide a home for prospective and existing marine tenants such as South Devon Marine Academy, each with a beautiful waterside outlook of the River Dart.
Contractors have also started work on the ‘site-wide services’ project, which will involve all new onsite services to be upgraded with a new electric supply, water mains, telecoms and a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure.
This phase of the project is a major milestone in the redevelopment of the site and will involve excavating a trench which will run from the top of the site, down the hill, over the road bridge and down into the commercial development where the first of the four electricity substations will be constructed.
New Year - A New Floating Marina
12th January 2021
Following a well-earned Christmas break the Walcon Marine team are now back onsite at Noss on Dart to continue the construction of the new floating marina.
The main focus for this stage of the redevelopment works is removing the last of the old marina pontoons and replacing them with a brand new infrastructure which will include the introduction of the new H pontoon that will provide berthing for 15m and 18m vessels.
Once all of the pontoons have been replaced, the next stage of the project will involve the removal of the old marina access bridge which will be replaced with a new temporary access walkway; this walkway will run from outside the staff tea room and lead down to the new back walkway pontoon, providing clear and easy access for all berth holders, tenants and staff.
This temporary walkway arrangement will remain in place until such time as the new bridgehead has been constructed, at which point the access bridge will be moved to its designed location within the marina.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the redevelopment programme has continued at a pace as Premier Marinas pass a number of milestones on their way to completing some of the key infrastructure projects outlined in the site’s consented planning approval.
A number of critical enabling works have been completed, including: the widening and strengthening of the railway bridge; the addition of a pedestrian bridge over the railway line; construction of the primary electricity substation; and providing improved access with better visibility at the entrance to the site.
These projects have facilitated the commencement of the construction of the boatyard and marina elements of the development, our plan being to complete these by the end of 2021. These projects include:
Construction of the new floating marina is well underway with work on track for the completion of 232 berths for the 2021 season. The floating marina will provide a berth for each boat and rafting out will be a thing of the past. Moreover, every berth will measure at least the length of the boat berthed on it thereby making berthing easier and improving access to and from your boat.
Construction of the commercial buildings which will provide a home for existing and prospective marine trades as well as for South Devon Marine Academy.
The build of the new stacked car park which will consolidate car parking into one area of the site and provide 195 parking spaces for berth holders and visitors to the marina.
Construction of the sea defences and boatyard area is also underway, including the new lifting dock, dry stack and hard standing areas.
Premier’s aim is to build something very special at Noss on Dart; to create a sustainable place, with a vibrant commercial community that will sensitively work alongside the natural beauty of the site, securing the future of the marina for boaters and bringing visitors, employment and investment opportunities into the area.
UPDATE - Construction of New Floating Marina
11th November 2020
The new floating marina at Noss on Dart Marina is taking shape, with Walcon Marine making good progress; having now installed the new ‘back walkway’ which has replaced the old inside, or C pontoon as many will remember it.
The new £3.5m floating marina will provide individual finger pontoons for each berth holder, making the berthing of boats easier and considerably safer for berth holders and visitors alike.
Many longstanding berth holders have been waiting in some cases more than ten years for the new marina to be built so Premier is pleased to report that, subject to weather conditions, progress is on track for the completion of the floating marina for the 2021 season.
Projects Progress at Noss on Dart
11th November 2020
Following the infill of the old Noss slipway, autumn works on the revetment wall at Noss on Dart have made steady progress as local contractor, Teignmouth Maritime Services have continued with construction.
The revetment wall is designed to form a protective barrier between the river and the earth embankment and represents a key step towards enabling the shore side construction of the new marina and boatyard lifting dock.
Reaching this phase involved a significant amount of ground work as tonnes of earth and materials were move to fill in the old slipway to the point where the new river defence works could be started to provide a robust river edge protection constructed. Eventually the works will involve driving a number of large piles into the embankment to support the new hoist dock.
New Car Park Extension for Berth Holders
13th October 2020
As the construction works at the marina progress, we have taken steps to ensure that our berth holders and marina visitors continue to enjoy good parking provision by extending our Woodland Car Park.
This extension has opened up a new area of parking, situated as close to the heart of marina as is possible at this time, and which will remain open for the duration of the development project watch out for the new signage that identifies this new car park.
Whilst a proportion of the main marina car park will remain in use for berth holders, a small section of parking is now dedicated to accommodating the construction vehicles and equipment being used for the renewal of the floating marina.
UPDATE - Construction of New Floating Marina
13th October 2020
Premier Marinas is delighted to announce that the construction of the new floating marina at Noss on Dart Marina has begun.
Walcon Marine is now onsite and have started the phase 1 demolition and construction works, including the installation of the new inner walkways and what will become pontoon E and part of pontoon J. Once this phase has been completed, the marina team will temporarily relocate some berth holder boats onto the new sections whilst the Walcon team remove parts of the old pontoon to make way for phase 2, which will involve the construction of pontoons F and G.
Following this, the next major phases of the project will include: phase 3 – the construction of pontoons H and J; phase 4 – the construction of the additional walkways, which will ultimately lead to Premier’s dedicated water taxi and fuel pontoon berth; and phase 5 – the construction of pontoons A, B, C and D. The new £3.5m floating marina will provide a finger pontoon for each boat and rafting out will be a thing of the past.
Construction of New Floating Marina Begins
18th September 2020
Premier is delighted to announce that the construction of the new floating marina will commence on Monday 5th October. Specialist contractors, Walcon Marine have been awarded the contract and weather permitting, we plan to complete the works for the start of the 2021 boating season.
This six month project will involve driving over 100 new piles into the river bed to secure the new pontoons and general marina infrastructure. The installation of a self-serve fuel bay with pump out facilities, new Wi-Fi technology and a self-administered system for electricity hook ups will follow soon after. A major part of the works afloat will include replacing the old steel pontoons that were originally built by the Philips Shipyard and in preparation for this an extensive dredging programme was undertaken.
The new £3.5m floating marina will provide a finger pontoon for each boat and rafting out will be a thing of the past. In addition, every berth will measure at least the length of the boat berthed on it thereby making berthing easier and getting on an off boats safer - particularly for power boat owners who will be able to step directly onto the pontoon from the stern of their boat.
Many of our longstanding berth holders have been waiting for the new marina to be built, some for over ten years and because of this we would like to assure everyone that as a marina owner and operator, the replacement of the floating marina and the facilities that serve it are our primary focus.
Beyond this, our wider aim is to build something very special at Noss on Dart; to create a sustainable place, with a vibrant commercial community that will sensitively work alongside the natural beauty of the site, securing the future of the marina for boaters and bringing visitors, employment and investment opportunities into the area.
Exciting Times For The Redevelopment Project
27th August 2020
Premier Marinas is excited to announce the next three major phases of the redevelopment project at Noss on Dart Marina are now underway. With an investment of £6.5m from Premier, this major milestone of the Noss redevelopment project includes Phase 5: the new stacked car park; Phase 6: the new water treatment plant; and Phase 7: the new commercial building.
The works commenced at the start of August and are being carried out by three different external contractors: Devon Contractors, Teignmouth Maritime Services and Gilpin Demolition, who have almost finished the demolitions works to clear the foundations of the old onsite buildings.
Andy Osman CMM, General Manager at Noss on Dart Marina said: “We are delighted to be working with these local construction companies and these new phases mark a landmark point in time when we really start to forge ahead with our plans.”
Phase 5 of the redevelopment project comprises the build of the new stacked car park, which will include 6 parking levels with 195 spaces dedicated for berth holders and guests from the new hotel/apartments. This park will only be accessible via key fobs for security and privacy.
Phase 6 involves the construction of the new water treatment plant at Noss on Dart Marina, which will manage all waste and brown water that the future site will generate from the hotel and residential properties. The first phase of the new water treatment plant will need to be operational for the new commercial buildings, which are currently planned to be open by September 2021.
The new commercial buildings are Phase 7 of the redevelopment project and will include seven units initially to be used by current tenants, South Devon Marine Academy, as well as other marine related commercial businesses and potentially a self-store. This stage of the project will also include the old slipway to be filled in to create the new revetment.
Phase Two Demolition Works Begin
22nd July 2020
External contractors, Gilpin Demolition have begun Phase 2 of the demolition works at Noss on Dart Marina, which involves clearing the foundations of the old onsite buildings, which the team were previously contracted to knock down.
This phase of the redevelopment project involves digging up and crushing the existing concrete and old bricks, which will then be used to raise levels across the site, ahead of the construction of the new planned buildings in the future.
Andy Osman CMM, General Manager said: “We are pleased to welcome Gilpin Demolition back onsite to undertake the next phase of the demolition operations. This is a small but vital stage in the redevelopment of Noss and it is great to see the site starting to change and transform into Premier’s vision for the future.”
Andy adds: “The Gilpin team plan to be on site until mid-August, during which time we will do our very best to keep the dust levels under control at all times.”
Green Light For Electricity Substation
1st July 2020
Work has commenced on the construction of a new electricity substation at Noss on Dart Marina. The 33/11 KV sub-station is designed to provide the power that will be required to deliver the Premier Noss on Dart regeneration project in the future.
The sub-station works are being undertaken by UK Power Solutions, who have moved onto site and have started to construct the foundations required to house the new switch room, auxiliary transformer and a 14m telecommunications pole, in accordance with the approved planning consent for this important phase of the development. The UK Power Solutions team are adhering to all safe working and social distancing practices whilst on site.
Before the new transformer is energised and ready for use, a new electricity supply will be taken from the overhead HV cables that run across the field at the top of the Noss on Dart site (leading down the field) and fed under the main road. This supply will then run into the new services ducting, which leads to the new sub-station - both of which will be created as part of this project.
Due to the complex nature of the project and with the delayed start due to COVID-19, the works are scheduled for completion in September.
Piles Trial Programme
27th March 2020
This month external contractors, Walcon Marine are on site with their piling barge the “Walcon Wizard” to test drive new piles in strategic locations across the footprint of the new floating marina in order to gain a much better understanding of the ground in which the new marina piles will be driven to create the new marina.
The current floating marina is held up by 14 piles which will increase to approximately 100 piles driven into the river bed, once the new marina is developed.
Andy Osman CMM, Marina Manager explains further: “We have no knowledge of how hard or soft the ground is and so this trial programme is necessary to make sure we are happy with the ground conditions. Works commenced on Monday 16th March and this marks a significant step forward for the marina redevelopment as a whole.”
Dredging To Be Completed End Of March
19th March 2020
The Noss on Dart team is pleased to announce that dredging will be completed by the end of March in line with planning consent. The dredging programme has been undertaken by Dutch dredging company, Royal Smals who are extremely experienced in projects of this light. The dredging was originally scheduled to begin in October 2019 but all the necessary permissions were not in place by that time.
Marina Manager, Andy Osman CMM said: “The dredging project has been very challenging for our contractors who have had to battle with severe weather conditions throughout February, with gale force winds and the wettest recorded since records began. However, good progress has been made with the project and we are on schedule to complete before the end of March.”
Redevelopment Update (February 2020)
6th February 2020
Work is progressing at Noss on Dart Marina with the recent arrival of the dredger on site. The dredging programme is being undertaken by Dutch dredging company Royal Smals who are extremely experienced dredging contractors.
The dredging programme is designed to last up to seven weeks and is broken down into individuals sections running from the north to the south of the marina, concentrating on the shallow areas identified in the pre-dredge survey.
The dredger will be operating a cutter suction method to excavate the material which will then be pumped ashore to allow the solids in the material to settle and the water to drain back cleanly into the river. This process takes place inside large specialised bags which contain the dredged materials whilst the de-watering process completes.
The intention is that if suitable the dredged material will be used on site to raise levels and for other construction projects.
Redevelopment Update (December 2019)
19th December 2019
Following a hectic summer season, during which we concentrated on the demolition of the derelict shipyard buildings, we are now in a position to provide an update for everyone interested in the next phase of the redevelopment.
We are pleased to confirm that we are ready to begin construction of the new Commercial Buildings and the relating Decked Car Park, subject only to final confirmation that a number of planning conditions relating to these works have been discharged by South Hams District Council. Contractors for each of these projects are in place, with the constructor of the Decked Car Park also briefed to undertake the preparatory works for construction of the Water Treatment Plant.
On the water side, we have appointed a contractor to undertake the required dredging works in the location of the planned new floating marina. Once the dredging is completed we will begin Phase 1 of the new marina, which will be constructed to the South of the current pontoons, and will involve driving many new piles to facilitate the provision of a single berth per finger pontoon, instead of the rafted berthing we have today.
These projects are however strictly controlled by planning conditions which dictate that work can only be undertaken between October and March in any given year. Whilst much research and careful planning has gone into this element of the development, some conditions are still required to be discharged by South Hams before the works can go ahead.
Meanwhile, we would like to assure you that any delays to these projects are not through any actions that Premier have or have not taken. We are working with the planners and their statutory consultees which include The Environment Agency; mindful to the fact that Noss on Dart is a complex and sensitive site.
Old Timber Quay Demolition
24th July 2019
The next phase of the regeneration of Noss on Dart Marina will see the removal of the old timber quay that meets the water’s edge by the marina bridgehead. This is being demolished in preparation for the installation of the new floating marina that will start construction later in the year.
This work will also involve the removal of the old Boatyard Marina Office portacabin. With this cabin now closed and awaiting removal, Noss on Dart Marina has amalgamated all administration operations under one roof in the Marina Reception where all bookings, payments and information will be serviced until further notice.
The removal of the old timber quay will help facilitate the reclamation of the land which will host the development of the new boatyard and other buildings along the foreshore, including the new Marina Reception and waterside apartments.
Dart Valley Trail Car Park Re-Opening
13th May 2019
Today Noss on Dart re-opened the Dart Valley Trail car park for the use of all dog walkers and other walkers who simply enjoy rambling through the beautiful trails through the woods at Noss.
The new car park has been part of the overall redevelopment of Noss on Dart Marina and represents a significant investment at an early stage of the project. This morning Mrs Lesley Giles, her son and two dogs joined Andy Osman, General Manager at Noss Marina, along with other members of the Noss staff to formerly cut the safety ribbon to the new car park officially opening the new facility for use. Lesley, a local resident, brings her dogs to Noss most days and welcomes the new facility which she says is a fantastic improvement on the old arrangements and particularly likes the new trees and general planting which is already improving the atmosphere and overall ambience of the site.
Old Shipyard Building Demolition Update
23rd April 2019
As part of the regeneration of Noss on Dart Marina, the majority of the old shipyard buildings have been demolished in order to create space for the new construction. This demolition work is happening in stages with Phase 1 of the demolition now complete; some of the buildings will remain in place until their replacements have been constructed.
The buildings that Gilpin Demolition have taken down in Phase 1 include Noss House, the Green Shed, the former Platers’ and Welders’ Shops and the residential houses at Longwood. The Philips Building was the final structure to be removed in Phase 1, and with that removed Premier can start to plan the construction of some of the new buildings that will form part of the regeneration at Noss.
Much of the structure that made up the Philips Building has been saved in order to incorporate it into the new building to remind visitors of the heritage of the site. This includes steel columns, crane gantries and other artefacts, whilst the South-West facing front elevation wall of the Philips Building has been incorporated into designs to be rebuilt to ensure associations to the site’s history will remain.
Work on the new decked car park will commence this spring and will be followed by the construction of the commercial buildings in July 2019 and the new boatyard in October 2019. The new boatyard will have a 75-tonne hoist serving private, commercial and fishing craft with Premier also constructing a dry stack to accommodate around 100 smaller motor vessels.
Important work on the renewal of the floating marina is scheduled to begin in winter 2019/20 and, once it is all complete, will accommodate 232 berths. On completion of the floating marina, the development of the hotel, new Philips Building and public areas will proceed with Premier aiming to finish work on these core elements by mid-2022. The majority of the residential developments will take place thereafter.