Norwegian-style marina plan for Forth bridges

An artist's impression of the new Port Edgar Marina
An artist's impression of the new Port Edgar Marina
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A “NORWEGIAN-STYLE” marina is set to be built in the shadow of the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing under plans aimed at creating a new landmark on the shore.

Developers behind the Port Edgar Marina project said the proposed site – located to the west of South Queensferry and close to the World Heritage-listed Forth Bridge – would boast a restaurant with “floor to ceiling” glazing and “stunning” views across the water.

Designed by architects at GLM, the marina will also host a new base for Port Edgar Yacht Club, water sport areas, a visitor centre, shops and public walkways.

It is understood the cost of the development will be around £1.2 million, with timescales for construction still to be confirmed.

GLM associate director Neil McAllister said: “The design is very much driven by the site and by research into harbour front pavilions worldwide such as the new Fish Market building in Bergen.

“The main element is a curved block with monopitched roof and floor-to-ceiling glazing to give panoramic views from the restaurant and yacht club across the Forth and the gallery of bridges old and new.”

He added: “The project is part of a significant investment into the site that GLM are working on behalf of Port Edgar Marina to diversify the business on site and secure the long term viability of the marina for watersports enthusiasts and the general public alike.

“This will include refurbishment of existing buildings to increase the retail offering on site.”

One of Scotland’s most historic waterfronts, the pier at Port Edgar has been used by the Royal Navy since the 1850s and became a base in 1916 when it was a significant destroyer port.

It also remained in operation as a minesweeper training facility until 1975, before being taken over by the council and run as a marina for pleasure craft and watersports.

In 2014, the site was leased to leaders at Port Edgar Holdings, which made a commitment to fund future development.

It currently has 300 berths and is used by the yacht club with 500 members, a sailing school and the sea cadets.

Political figures have welcomed the proposals and predicted they would breathe new life into the local area.

Councillor Lindsay Paterson, Conservative member for Almond, said: “It’s great to see investment proposed in the marina because for many years it’s been left to get a bit run down. The community have been very supportive of the regeneration of the marina area and I hope that this is something that will really help in that regard.

“The proposals look attractive so hopefully this will be something that’s very positive for that side of Queensferry.”