An internationally-renowned company, which has worked on projects across the globe, has been appointed to carry out the design work for Bridlington’s long-awaited marina.
Arup, which employs 14,000 staff based in 92 offices across 42 countries, will draw up plans for the £50million scheme and give advice on potential sources of funding.
Their staff will also work on the tender process for the construction of the marina and look at some of the legal requirements involved in the process and are expected to spend almost two years carrying out the work.
Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, 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 St 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.”
After decades of conflict, the council and Bridlington Harbour Commissioners have agreed to keeep the commerical fishing fleet in the existing harbour and create the marina in a proposed new harbour.
Chris Wright, chairman of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, said: “The appointment of Arup to produce a design concept for the Yorkshire Harbour and Marina is welcomed by the Bridlington Harbour 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. The marina and harbour is a key driver in Bridlington’s regeneration and economic development – so we are looking forward to taking this exciting project through to its next stages.”