Poole deserves a ‘world class’ marina

Poole-based property specialist Richard Carr has promised to deliver a world class marina and hotel if the £100 million plans to redevelop the current Salterns Marina are approved.

Improving Poole

Salterns Marina on Richard Carr website

The current Salterns Marina hotel, which will be redeveloped if plans are approved

Richard has worked on a number of Poole developments during his 30 years in the property sector, with examples available in the ‘Development’ section of his website.

Acting for Salterns Marina, Richard Carr hopes to have plans for the redevelopment work with Poole planners by the end of the year and if successful look to start work this time next year.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Richard said: “Effectively what it brings Poole and the area is world class status.

“Poole arguably is the second largest natural harbour in the world. Why haven’t we got world class facilities like they have at Sydney Harbour, for example?”

Luxury water-side hotel

Richard’s plans for the redevelopment include either a new 60-bedroom five star hotel or Relais and Chateau style luxury hotel, which will include a sixth floor gourmet restaurant with panoramic views of the harbour, Brownsea Island and the quay.

Also, 24 apartments and marine retail facilities will be located on the ground floor and on the current hotel site a further 49 apartments would be situated. A wider access road and higher marine sea wall to prevent the risk of flooding will also be installed.

“For the restaurant on the roof I anticipate an operator of the same standard, certainly of national standard if not international being interested in that, because of Rick Stein coming here,” Richard said.

Businesses to benefit

The current businesses located on the marina will be catered for during the redevelopments. The 275 berth marina will be reconfigured and its facilities improved, whilst a members’ bar for Poole Harbour Yacht Club will also be built.

“I have been coming to this marina since I was a child. I have a great affection for Salterns – for the whole thing. It would be very nice to see it redeveloped,” said Richard.