Engineers have the chance to attend a talk around the technical investigations into a new marina in St Peter Port this evening.
Guernsey Ports programme manager Jenny Giles will be guest speaker at the Channel Islands Group of Professional Engineers (CIGPE) lecture at Les Cotils tonight, from 19:30. It is free to attend and everyone is welcome.
She will give a presentation on the studies she has headed up to assess the potential for a new, all tide accessible marina in St Peter Port Harbour. Guernsey Ports has said that as well as addressing the existing shortage of berths for local boatowners, a new facility could provide a boost to the local economy.
A range of technical studies have been carried out over the past 12 months to assess the feasibility and develop an initial outline design.
The current concept design will create more than 200 additional berths, including for medium or larger sized boats which are currently in very short supply. It will also provide the opportunity to improve facilities for both visiting boatowners and local mooring holders.
Preliminary estimates put the construction costs at up to £90 million, but further work is being carried out to refine the costings and evaluate the wider financial benefits to the island. Those include a boost to the visitor economy through the improved leisure marine offering, new opportunities for the local marine services sector, and the potential to attract high net worth individuals to relocate here.
The States’ Trading Supervisory Board, which is responsible for Guernsey Ports, is due to present recommendations to the States next year.
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