Whitby Marina Facility

Introduction

A distinctive new building has been added to the Whitby harbour-side with the opening of the Whitby Marina Facilities Centre, offering services to the thousands of marina users who visit Whitby every year.

Summary

The new Whitby Marina Facilities Centre was opened by Scarborough Mayor Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Whitby town Mayor Cllr Terry Jennison in June 2010. The building incorporates facilities including toilets, showers, laundry and recycling which will cater for hundreds of boat and yacht users, as well as providing free public toilets for visitors. It is also hoped that in combination with other improvements to the marina, new visitors will come improving the town’s visitor economy.

The £850k building is part of a wider £2m Whitby Marina development delivered by Scarborough Borough Council with £800k of Yorkshire Forward financial support.  Work so far has created new marina pontoons, expanding the number of berths from 100 to 160, and improved revetments to prevent erosion of the banks of the River Esk. After the summer season, a further £300k will be spent making further improvements, including new paving, lighting and planting and public art.

The upturned boat design was developed following a lengthy consultation with local stakeholders working with Scarborough Borough Council and Consultant Architect Salt Architects. Council Project Manager Alex Richards said: “We now have high quality public toilets and facilities for the thousands of marina users who come to Whitby each year in their leisure craft, as well as the yacht and boat enthusiasts who live in the town. The building itself draws inspiration from the existing and historic architecture of Whitby. There has been particular reference made to the whalebones on the West Cliff, the gothic arches of the Abbey, the vertical lines of the townscape and the ruggedness and character provided by its natural stone structures. We believe this new building will provide a memorable and enduring image for residents and visitors to Whitby.”

A decorative panel features artwork by local school pupils and their ideas have also been incorporated in metalwork gates produced by a local craftsman.

Andy Tordoff, Assistant Director for Rural Renaissance and Tourism, said, “We believe that this new building provides the marina with the sort of excellent facilities Whitby needs and deserves. Boat owners bring considerable income to the town and the quality of the design enhances environment of this popular resort.”

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