Arup appointed to design Bridlington's 'game-changing' new marina

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

Civil engineering giant Arup has been appointed to design Bridlington's proposed "game-changing" new marina.

The long-awaited development has gained recent momentum after East Riding Council and the Bridlington's Harbour Commission agreed to work together on the project.

The appointment of Arup - funded with a £3.5m grant from the York North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership - marks the latest milestone in the scheme.

Eventually, it's hoped a new marina for up to 250 vessels will be built next to the existing harbour along with a new south pier.

Improvements would also be made to the harbour, which is the home of the town's commercial fishing fleet.

Experts from Arup will come up with a design concept for the development as well as providing advice on potential funding sources.

They will also prepare background information to support any required statutory orders and consents for the construction work and develop tender documentation.

This work is anticipated to take until late 2018 to complete.

East Riding Council leader Councillor Steve Parnaby said: "A project of this scale takes time and there are a number of milestones to pass."The appointment of Arup to provide the design concept and undertake pre-construction works is the next stage in the process.

"Arup are known around the globe and have been involved in a number of marine and maritime projects, including the expansion of Aberdeen harbour and upgrade works to Saint Helier Marina in Jersey.

"The realisation of the Yorkshire harbour and marina would be a real game-changer for the Bridlington and would help unlock the economic potential of both the town and the Holderness coast.

Chris Wright, chairman of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, said: "The appointment of Arup to produce a design concept is welcomed by the Commissioners and we look forward to seeing them develop a design that meets the requirements of all parties involved."Working together with the council, we are seeing good progress being made in bringing this project forward and are now a stage nearer to seeing this come to fruition."

Neville Long, project director at Arup, said: "We are delighted to have been appointed as masterplanners and consulting engineers.

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