More than 175 tonnes of floating concrete and more than 500 metres of galvanised chain have formed the platform for a new marina in the Lake District.
This new area has been constructed at Low Wood Bay on Windermere.
The feat of engineering, thought to be the first of its type on the lake shore, is part of a refurbishment of Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa, which will become the first world-class luxury resort hotel in the area later this year.
The old marina was stripped down and replaced by the new floating system during a six-week project which involved moving eight separate concrete sections into place, secured by 18 heavy-duty anchors.
A new bridged walkway connects the marina to the shoreline grounds of the hotel resort.
The new marina now has 52 berths for boat owners, 10 more than before due to a new, 'stern end' configuration and the creation of additional mooring space.
Paul Brown, from English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues, owners of Low Wood Bay and a partner of Choose Cumbria, was delighted to see the work completed.
He said: “This has been a fascinating project in which to be involved. It took a great deal of skill for the contractors and maintenance teams to work together to get the concrete sections in place, the heaviest of which was nearly 32 tonnes.
“Now that the structure is fully assembled and the boats are in, we have a modern marina which is befitting of the new resort when it fully opens.”
The project included local marine contractor and Newby Bridge based Jetties and Moorings.
A barge from Williams Shipping was used to lay the anchors. Intermarine designed and supplied the floating pontoons, whilst the Low Wood Bay maintenance team supported the marina assembly throughout.
Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre offers a range of waterborne activities including water-skiing, flyboarding, motorboating, canoeing and paddle boarding.
The venue also has newly refurbished rooms, reopened after the first phase of construction in April. A restaurant, Blue Smoke on the Bay, spa and health club facilities are all set to open in the coming months.
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