Salterns Marina in Poole is set for a £100m upgrade after the council gave property consultant Richard Carr’s plans the go-ahead.
How Salterns Marina might look
The redevelopment will change the face of the Marina with a brand new seven-storey development overlooking Poole Harbour, a five-star hotel and 73 luxury apartments being developed on the site of the old hotel.
Richard Carr has acted on behalf of Salterns Marina to put together the application and has previously said: “They believe that the time has come to give Poole a world class marina, a new hotel, spa and a high quality restaurant overlooking our magnificent harbour.”
Carr also revealed that he is in negotiations with the owners of the iconic popular restaurant in London’s West End, the Ivy, about potentially opening rooftop branch at the new building which is set to replace the Harbourside Hotel.
For regular readers of the Bournemouth Echo you will have seen their recent article reminiscing about Tower Park and its most popular attractions Ice Trax and the Venue; the latter was owned and operated by Allied Leisure PLC.
Richard Carr was the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Allied Brand formally Restaurants and then becoming Allied Leisure PLC. He had built the company from the start in 1981 before floating it on the London Stock Exchange in 1987. In 1990 he sold the Restaurant Division to Grand Metropolitan for in excess of £13 million.
Although Richard wasn’t the land owner of Tower Park, he is widely recognised as being the catalyst that made it happen. Staking his entire reputation on the venture at the time (1989), Allied Leisure took the lease for almost all of the park!
Richard Carr at the Venue – www.bournemouthehco.co.uk
In total, Allied Leisure PLC rented over 1.5 acres of space and helped Tower Park become the ‘out of town’ leisure concept which proved to be a national success and was replicated all over the UK.
Screenshot of Richard Carr’s press article in the Bournemouth Echo
Richard Carr has worked for the company for the past year, managing developments across the Poole area. In recent times he has spearheaded a project, which will see four properties in the exclusive area of Poole demolished and replaced with luxury flats.
The areas local paper, Bournemouth Echo, picked up the story because of the record breaking developer contributions that the development will make to the “cash strapped council”.
The four developments (74, 76, 78 and 80 Lilliput Road) will contribute totally £300,000 in social housing and a massive £1m in community infrastructure levy. The money will help the council improve areas of the community, whilst providing much needed funds for social housing.
Richard Carr, a Commercial and Residential Development consultant based in the south east of England, is delighted at the recent news that Bournemouth is the UK’s fastest-growing region in the digital economy, as reported by the telegraph.co.uk.
Digital economies booming outside of London
The average perception of Bournemouth is one of sand, sea, and the Pier! How many people would have put the coastal resort town down as being the home of the country’s fastest-growing digital economy?
The majority of outsiders wouldn’t have, but those that reside and operate in the area are well aware of the burgeoning digital hub that is being created in the town.
74% of the UK’s digital firms are now based outside of London with Bournemouth, Liverpool and Brighton emerging as the industry’s runaway leaders.