Plans submitted for second phase of St George marina
Plans for a second phase of the St George’s marina project have been put forward proposing further enhancements for visiting yachts.
The proposal, submitted by BotelhoWood Architecture on behalf of the St George’s Marina Development Ltd, proposes floating docks at Market Wharf and power supply pedestals for both Market Wharf and Penno’s Wharf.
The project would also include replacing the deteriorating catwalk connected to Ordnance Island with a floating dock and a new roofed verandah for the site’s facility’s building.
The planning letter stated: “The previous verandah has been removed to allow construction of the new dock for the Corporation of St George’s that has been approved as a separate item.
“The proposed verandah is designed to suit the structure of the new dock and to provide enhanced facilities for crews and guests of visiting vessels.”
The application is part of a wider $4.1 million marina development project within the Town of St George intended to help boost the economy in the area, which has been hard hit by the reduction of cruise ship visits to the port.
Plans to develop a marina in St George have been discussed for more than a decade. However, ground was only broken on the first phase of the project this summer.
Last November, the Government announced a leasing arrangement had been made between the Corporation of St George and the developer through a private public partnership.
Plans for the marina include an improved dock area for visiting yachts; a newly repaired dock on the south side of Ordnance Island; ten berths for superyachts; a marina reception lounge; a duty-free fuel dock; and sewage pumping equipment.
A planning application for the first phase of the project was approved earlier this year to install water and power supply pedestals along with waterfront to service boats.
Meanwhile, the plan proposed fencing on Ordnance Island in St George to separate the dock from public areas and work to build up low-lying areas of Ordnance Island to keep it above high tide.
A second application approved this summer proposed replacing the original dock on Ordnance Island, which was described as being in “seriously deteriorating condition”.
Work on the first phase of the project was hoped to be completed for next spring to allow the site to be ready for the busy period between April and June.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority hopes to encourage more superyachts to visit the island and highlighted the sector as an area of potential growth.