The new strategy, announced last week by BMF Scotland at a Glasgow event chaired by MSP Stuart McMillan, aims to grow the total value of Scottish marine tourism by 25%, from £360m to £450m, by 2020.
Just 2.5 miles from Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh Marina will accommodate in excess of 320 moorings for boats of all types and sizes. Kevin Fawcett of Granton Central Developments Limited said: “This is excellent news for Scotland and Edinburgh Marina’s key location will make it a vital part of BMFS’ strategy – it is in pole position to help grow Scottish Marine Tourism.
Edinburgh Marina will be a world-class destination for boating enthusiasts from all over the world. The marina is long overdue for Scotland’s capital city – especially a city with such rich marine heritage.” The marina facilities have been designed to put Edinburgh firmly on the charts as a marine destination, whilst creating over 700 new jobs and injecting a £30m boost to the local economy each year - over half of which is projected to come from marine related tourism.
The Edinburgh Marina master plan includes local shopping and leisure facilities, a best of Scotland indoor produce market and a hotel, restaurant & health spa - all essential ingredients in successfully growing Scottish marine tourism in line with the strategy announced by BMF Scotland.2 Editorial Notes BMFS is the British Marine Federation – Scotland.
It represents more than 50 marine businesses in Scotland. It aims to feed back information relevant to the business environment and development of members in Scotland, to BMF, to enable appropriate action and support.
Edinburgh Marina: Fact Box
Spa Hotel: 123 beds
Residential: 1,881 units
Retail: 9220 square metres
Leisure: 4220 square metres
Commercial: 5000 square metres
Marina: 400 berths
Distance from Edinburgh City Centre: 2.5 miles
Developer: Granton Central Developments Limited
Architect: Wilson Gunn Architects, Glasgow
Planning Consultant: Paton Planning & Development
Marine Consultant: MDL Marinas