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Swanwick Regeneration Plans 2019/2020

Premier Marinas Swanwick held a planning exhibition at The Boat House Café, on 11th July 2019 during which interested parties were invited to view proposals for the regeneration of the site – one aspect of the computer generated illustration shown at the exhibition was later found to be incorrect – specifically the position of a road on the site. This CGI has now been corrected and can be downloaded here – along with the other exhibition information presented. Please note that due to the error in the CGI we have extended the period in which to feedback your comments to 25th July 2019.


In 2007 Premier was granted planning consent from Fareham Borough Council for the comprehensive redevelopment of the marina. However, today when we are in very different economic times, a new approach to the regeneration of the site is required. At the exhibition you will find out more about our evolving plans for the regeneration of Swanwick Marina and if you have questions about the displays our team will be on hand and happy to help.

At this stage, whilst our plans are being refined, we very much welcome your views so that we can take them into consideration before we submit a revised planning application to Fareham Borough Council in September.

The Regeneration to Date

We have delivered much of the content of the original planning consent, albeit using updated designs. The new boatyard and dry stack was delivered in 2014, providing the UK's most modern boatyard and repair facility for leisure craft. The replacement of the floating marina is currently underway with phase 1 having been completed in April 2019 and the final phase scheduled for completion in April 2020. To see the latest news on Phase 2 of the works click here

Our Proposals Include:

  • A new Boat Sales Building
  • A new Bridgehead Entrance
  • A new Marina Facilities Building providing berth holder and café/restaurant facilities

If you would like to comment on our proposals please email: planning@swanwickmarina.com before July 25th in order to be considered as part of our planning process.

Planning Approved At Swanwick Marina

23rd March 2020

Swanwick Marina Planning Application Approved

Premier Swanwick is delighted to announce that a planning application for a Pavilion building to house boat sales and marine businesses, along with a new food and beverage facilities building, overlooking the water, has now been approved by Fareham Borough Council. Planning approval also includes a new bridgehead entrance building, additional car parking and trolley storage areas at the marina.

This development follows the recent completion of Swanwick Marina’s modern floating marina; part of a £4m investment by Premier Marinas. Now with berthing for up to 333 boats for yachts of 6m – 40m - an overall increase of 59 on the current configuration. Berth holders now enjoy a berth measuring at least the length of their boat and at the centre section of the marina, berths are 700mm above water level (200mm above standard height) making accessing and using the pontoons safer and easier.

General Manager at Swanwick Marina, Graham Bristowe commented: “In these most testing times, this is great news for Swanwick Marina. We are thrilled to get the go ahead to continue with the land redevelopment of Swanwick Marina. We will be shortly going out to tender for the new building with the hope of completing construction ready for the British Motor Yacht Show in May 2021. We know that our tenants and berth holders alike will be happy to see the continued investment on their site.”

Marina Dredging Draws To A Close

4th February 2020

Swanwick Dredger

With the main body of Swanwick Marina now dredged the team is completing work around the periphery, including the mast bay and dry stack pools and finally some maintenance to the lifting dock. These works will allow for the installation of the new F pontoon and G Pontoon which will create space for additional berthing at Swanwick Marina and thus bringing the floating marina renewal to a close in time for the season. 

Swanwick General Manager, Graham Bristowe is pleased with the project’s progress: “The new pontoons are a significant improvement on the old pontoons with upgraded infrastructure, plus the dredging will allow for easy access at all times. We are all very excited to see the end result of the water development and look forward to completing the project with the works ashore.”

Phase II of Swanwick Floating Marina Regeneration

22nd August 2019

Swanwick Marina Phase II Regeneration

Premier will start work on Phase II of Swanwick’s floating marina regeneration on 23rd September 2019. The work will begin with Walcon Marine removing E pontoon and its piles which will then allow ML (UK) Dredging to dredge the marina basin up to 2m below chart datum.

Once this work is completed, Walcon Marine will install the new piles and pontoons with Sureline Electrical Modules Limited fitting the pontoon services; the installation of the ramp to E pontoon will then complete the work to link up with the single access central bridgehead at D pontoon. Once this section has been completed, work will start on the removal of F pontoon before Christmas with dredging to commence in the New Year ahead of the installation of new pontoons F and G.

Phase II of the regeneration work at Swanwick Marina has been part of an investment of £4m by Premier. The final part of the regeneration will be on land with a new bridgehead building, pavilion building and food and beverage building in the pipeline.

Phase I Completion of Floating Marina Regeneration

23rd April 2019

Swanwick Marina 2019 Regeneration

New Pontoons at Swanwick Marina

Phase I of Swanwick’s floating marina regeneration has been completed on schedule. The works began in October 2018 and has seen the removal of old pontoons X, A, B and C and the depth of the marina basin dredged to a maximum of 2m below chart datum. Walcon Marine then installed the new purpose built marina infrastructure, in time for the new season.

The new infrastructure is equipped with a 40 slot dinghy rack located on new pontoon A, and each new pontoon has been fitted with water and electricity which includes 32amp sockets on the bigger berths and 16amp as standard. The WiFi has also been upgraded.

Innovative design features have been implemented to help improve safety and ease of use, these include C and D pontoons being set at 700mm (200mm above standard pontoon freeboard height) to reduce the customers’ deck to pontoon ‘jump down’ when berthing their vessel. Berth holders will also be on a berth where the pontoon fingers measure at least the length of their boat. This feature exceeds industry standards and will help make berthing both easier and safer.

Pontoon fenders will be fitted to the new pontoons over the summer; the marina team will fit additional fenders if requested by berth holders for a cost of £90 (including installation). Berth holders will not be permitted to fit additional fendering beyond those fitted by the marina.

Phase 1 included the replacement and installation of new pontoons A, B, C and D and works to a ‘single access’ bridgehead at D, which will be completed in Phase 2. Once in place this central bridgehead access point will include a bridgehead building and an additional access ramp to the new E, F and G pontoons. Security will become easier for the marina team to monitor as access to the pontoons will be through a single point of entry. The new pontoons will also be easier to access as the new ramp will be set at a lower gradient.

Due to the redevelopment of the marina, the remaining two pontoons that have not been removed in Phase 1 have been renamed to pontoons E and F. These pontoons were previously known as Pontoons D and E.

Autumn 2019/20 will see Phase 2 of the floating marina regeneration get underway with the two remaining pontoons replaced with three new pontoons E, F and G. Work will also commence on the bridgehead building and the construction of a new pavilion building will begin in winter 2019/20.

The final part of the regeneration will be a new food and beverage building due to be completed in 2021. Swanwick Marina’s regeneration represents an £8m investment and is setting a new standard for marina development.

Phase 1 Completion of Floating Marina Regeneration

Phase 1 Completion of Floating Marina Regeneration

Phase 1 Completion of Floating Marina Regeneration

Phase 1 Completion of Floating Marina Regeneration

Phase I of Swanwick Floating Marina Regeneration

23rd October 2018

Swanwick Marina | Pontoon Development

On the 1st October work commenced on the pontoon regeneration project to replace all of the pontoons in Swanwick Marina. Phase one will take place during the winter of 2018/19 and phase two next winter. The project has been split this way in order to minimise the amount of disruption for our berth holders. 

Leading up to the start of the project all of the boats moored on X and A pontoons were moved (with the help of their owners) to new locations. In the first week of project works, Walcon Marine removed all of the pontoons and extracted the piles. On Saturday 6th October ML Dredging arrived on site and started work to increase the depth of water in the area to up to 2 meters below chart datum. This will allow greater flexibility to berth boats with a deeper draft. 

Once completed we will have new piles and pontoons installed, together with new services. We will then follow the same procedure for pontoons B and ¾ of C. By the end of phase one we will have removed circa 20,000 cubic meters of material from the sea bed. This material will have been transported via a ‘split barge’ to a registered disposal site which is located near to the Nab Tower.

All works have been carried out in conjunction with and in full compliance of regulatory bodies and legislation and are due to be completed by 31st March 2019.

The Regeneration of Swanwick Marina

23rd July 2018

Premier Marinas has revised its plans to complete the regeneration of Swanwick Marina following its £5.8m investment in the construction of a new state of the art boatyard in 2014.  The marina’s new plans represent a further investment of £8m and show a number of innovative features which will be of particular interest including: a unique modern renewal of the floating marina to make accessing and using the pontoons safer and easier; a welcoming marina bridgehead building and a dedicated berth holders’ lounge. Plus, at the heart of the site, overlooking the water, a new food and beverage building is proposed and, close by, there are plans for an impressive Pavilion building to house boat sales and marine businesses (subject to planning approval).

The eastern side of the marina will be cleared to create additional boat storage ashore and dedicated berth holder parking; for the future, Premier is considering a range of marine based options for this land.

A new floating marina with innovative design features for safety and ease of use

The new floating marina will create 333 berths (6m-40m); an overall increase of 59 on the current configuration. The pontoons will run east-west and uniquely, all berth holders will enjoy a berth measuring at least the length of their boat. This feature, coupled with fairway and pontoon specifications that exceed industry standards, will make berthing easier and safer - particularly for power boat owners stepping directly onto their pontoon from the back of their boat.

But one of the most innovative aspects of Premier’s plans lies at the centre section of the marina, (D to C) where the berths will be set 700mm above water level (200mm above standard height)  to reduce customers’ deck to pontoon ‘jump down’ when berthing their vessel.

In the new configuration all the pontoons will be accessed via a single central bridgehead which has again been designed to make life easier by presenting a substantially lower access gradient than the current bridgeheads. During the in-water redevelopment the marina basin will be dredged.

At the top of the bridgehead berth holders will find a new undercover bridgehead building providing a customer service and information point, trolley station, bin store and secure access to the pontoons. Dedicated drop off/pick up parking for berth holders is planned in front of the building to ensure that customers can get close to the bridgehead when provisioning up.

The renewal of the floating marina will be in two phases

Phase 1 of the redevelopment of Swanwick Marina will begin in October 2018 with the renewal of the pontoons on the eastern side of the marina and the build of a 40 slot dinghy rack at A pontoon - completion of this phase will be April 2019. Phase 2 of the renewal will take place in the winter of 2019/20 and will see the outstanding pontoons in the plan renewed and the construction of the new bridgehead building. The construction of the new Pavilion building is also scheduled for the winter of 2019/20 and the new food and beverage building will be completed in 2021. All the new pontoons will be equipped with an improved supply of 32amp sockets and better WiFi access.

Premier Marinas’ CEO Pete Bradshaw commented: ‘Swanwick Marina was constructed in the late 1960’s/early 70’s when boats tended to be smaller and narrower.  The current pontoons do not meet modern industry standards - or the quality expected by our berth holders.  Alongside that, the water depth in some areas of the marina is becoming challenging for deeper keeled vessels. For these reasons we recognise that we need to invest further in Swanwick to secure its future success and to add value for our customers -with better food and beverage provision, more lifestyle facilities and safer, easier access to pontoons.  Premier’s vision for thoughtful marina design will greatly improve our customers’ experience and safety.  Our plans for Swanwick will set a new standard for marina development.’

Swanwick Marina Improvements and Planning Updates

19th January 2018

Improvements and Planning Update from Swanwick Marina

In the first half of 2018, Premier Marinas will submit a planning application for a pavilion building at the heart of Swanwick Marina. This pavilion will showcase a number of our luxury yacht sales tenants and will provide an inspiring new venue for our food and drink provision. In winter 2018/19, Premier Marinas also plans to replace and reconfigure the pontoons at Swanwick Marina to offer a modern marina that better suits the kind of boats attracted to the South Coast marina. Running alongside these projects will also be an assessment of the best way to utilise the land at the far eastern end of the marina. Keep in touch for further updates regarding these ambitious plans.