THE Crown Estate has completed an £800,000 programme of work at Rhu Marina on the Firth of Clyde.
Bringing total investment at the facility to over £2.3million in the last two years, it reflects The Crown Estate’s continuing commitment to secure the facility’s position as a premier marine tourism hub for Scotland’s west coast.
Visiting Rhu on Friday 20 July to mark the completion of the work, The Crown Estate’s chief executive, Alison Nimmo, said: “This latest investment provides new state-of-the-art facilities for local customers and the wider boating community. It is part of our ongoing commitment to help the Scottish marine leisure sector grow, delivering benefit to the Scottish economy and to coastal communities around Scotland.”
The Crown Estate’s continued investment at Rhu Marina secures its position as a leading name in the marine tourism industry. The latest investment has put in new wooden-decked walkways and pontoons with more robust concrete-decked equipment.
This follows last year’s investment of £1.49million, which not only provided a new floating breakwater and toilet/shower block, but increased the number of berths from 189 to 249.
Varis Engineering, based at Forres in Moray, and Rollins Marine Services supplied the new marina equipment with installation carried out by GSS Marine Services, based at Rhu.
The Crown Estate’s redevelopment of Rhu Marina into a premier marina facility is expected to lead to new business setting up operations on or near the site. A 2008 British Marine Federation report found that boating visitors to marinas around the UK spend over £200million annually, supporting 5,350 local jobs.
According to Tourism Intelligence Scotland, within the total leisure marine economic contribution of some £300million, sailing tourism alone generated just over £100million a year for the Scottish economy in 2011 – and this figure is expected to rise to £145million by 2021.
Hugh Henderson of the Scottish Boating Alliance said: “The Crown Estate’s continued programme of investment in Rhu Marina is warmly welcomed.”
Mike Balmforth, president of British Marine Federation Scotland, added: “It is crucial that boating facilities around the Scottish coastline are improved and developed in order to ensure the marine tourism sector continues to grow.”
Simon Haigh, managing director of Quay Marinas, said: “Thanks to the Crown Estate’s investment, boats can now be berthed within the more sheltered areas of the marina during winter and the upgraded equipment will provide a more modern and robust pontoon system.”
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* The Crown Estate manages a highly diverse £8 billion property portfolio across the UK. We pay all of our surplus revenue (profit) to the Treasury for the benefit of the public: in 2011/12 this was £240.2million. The gross surplus from Scotland was £9.6million.
* The Crown Estate is committed to working in partnership with the Scottish Government and members of the Scottish Parliament, local authorities and a wide range of other stakeholders to safeguard the long-term interests of the environment and the communities with which we work.
* In Scotland, The Crown Estate includes:
* Over half the foreshore and the seabed out to the 12 nautical mile territorial limit. The Crown Estate has the right to explore and utilise the resources of the UK continental shelf (excluding oil, gas and coal), including the right to license renewable energy in the form of offshore wind, wave and tidal power. We are working with our partners to ensure that Scotland is well placed to take advantage of the benefits that renewables will bring through employment and by reducing carbon emissions.
* 43,000 hectares of rural land, including the Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth, Stirling and Whitehill estates. It includes 185 agricultural tenancies and 102 residential properties.
* Retail property in Edinburgh.
* The Crown Estate in Scotland is managed from its Edinburgh Office at 6 Bell’s Brae Edinburgh EH4 3BJ.