Austin-Smith:Lord appointed to deliver Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project
We are delighted to be appointed by Dorset Council to help deliver the Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project.
The project – which was awarded £3.79m of investment from the Government’s Coastal Communities fund – aims to sustain and create jobs at Weymouth Harbour. It includes a multi-purpose harbour building, including:
- a Centre of Excellence for small-medium enterprise on the quay, including employment and co-working space, a café or kitchen and bookable training spaces and meeting rooms
- facilities for boat crews
- secure storage and facilities for the Harbour Authority
- state of the art training facilities attracting maritime, marine and other industry students
Improved harbour facilities, including:
- new pontoons to enhance and extend access to fishing and other boats
- fishing support services
The project also aims to attract more visitors to the area with significant public realm and landscaping works, including a pedestrian walkway around the Peninsula also to be designed by Austin-Smith:Lord.
The end result will be to transform a brownfield site on Weymouth Harbour and turn it into a space of economic regeneration, creating employment and safeguarding jobs by supporting local small and medium sized enterprises.
Dorset Council is delivering the project in partnership with the Weymouth Area Development Trust (WADT).
While the council is leading on delivering the building and harbour improvements, WADT are focussed on what the Centre of Excellence will deliver to the local business community.
Chris Wilson, Chief Exec of Weymouth Area Development Trust said:
“This is great news. The planned Centre of Excellence for Small Medium Enterprise is the first of its kind in the country and the Towns business community is involved in its design and delivery. We are looking forward to working with the architects to design a building that will hold such a flagship project.”
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