Major Gosport waterfront site boost to economy
Friday January 15th, 2021
Since the acquisition from the UK MoD in late 2019 UK Docks Marine Services have made significant investment into the site located at Royal Clarence Yard.
Named Victoria Quay after it’s rich heritage and specifically Queen Victoria’s use of some of the site’s infrastructure, construction work started in 2020 which saw a new flood defence system built as well as the modernisation of 8 buildings and remedial work to make the site safe following many years of deterioration and neglect.
Now a new lease of life has been brought into the site and over 15 jobs are now deployed from the integration of marine industry partners including boat builders, repairers, mast repairers, electricians and sail training companies.
Since the arrival of a brand new 75 Tonne amphibious hoist and a 50 Tonne boat transporter the site has supported emergency boat lifts and servicing for commercial and defence companies as well as increasing the boat support capacity for Portsmouth Harbour’s marine leisure industry.
The 5.7 acre site now houses a modern reception, , a classroom, a 1500m2 marine equipment storage unit, 5 workshops for marine trade and a leased production facility for RIB manufacture. The remaining 2 acres of the site is used for boat storage ashore and the development continues with the future installation of deep water berthing pontoons for large yachts, a hoist dock, drystack and the targeted conversion of the 3500m2 Rum Store to further increase industry and trade throughout the site and through Gosport itself.