Midi appoints Marina Projects for Manoel Island marina
MALTA: UK-based Marina Projects has been appointed marina designer for the Manoel Island project. The company has been involved in the masterplan since 2016, working initially with architects Foster & Partners on the concept design, and more recently under appointment by Midi Plc to develop the masterplan proposals and detail design.
The concept design included assessments of the site constraints and opportunities, and a scope of market research. Particular focus was placed on considering the superyacht market and utilising Marina Projects’ database of fleet tracking information. Simon Goodhead, senior project manager, commented: “We track a significant proportion of the world superyacht fleet and are able to provide robust and bankable data on the location, mix of vessels, frequency/duration of visits and seasonality. This data has significantly informed the masterplan proposals and marina positioning and provides a sound basis to support the client’s investment decisions.”
The current phase of masterplan evolution and detailed design will cover all the marina elements and lead to the specification and procurement process. Marina Projects will work closely with Midi’s wider professional team including Foster & Partners. A key focus of the scope of work is the integration of the marina and marine related elements into the evolving landside masterplan with important considerations being the integration with the waterfront proposals and recognising the existing heritage for which Manoel Island is famed.
The redevelopment will be one of the largest mixed-use developments in the Mediterranean and is expected to cost over €400 million.
Marina Projects managing director, Mike Ward, said: “Although we have been working on the Manoel Island project since 2016, only now can we reveal the full extent of our involvement in this very exciting and unique project. It is for various reasons a challenging site but one with huge potential. There is a real opportunity to position Manoel Island Marina as the leading marina destination in Malta for both local boaters and superyachts. We are delighted to have been involved from the outset and it is a pleasure working alongside Midi to help deliver their vision.”
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