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Plans revealed for Poole Marina revamp

Plans revealed for Poole Marina revamp

Salterns Marina Ltd has unveiled its plans to invest £100 million into a redevelopment of Poole Marina.The current hotel on the site will be replaced by a more modern version with spa and gym facilities, along with rooftop terraces for relaxing. There are also plans to construct 73 apartments providing picturesque sea views, as part of a move to create a luxury atmosphere at the facility.These will be made up of one six-story block of 49 flats on the site of the existing hotel, a further 24 flats and 60 hotel suites in a separate seven-floor building at the end of the quay. Parking for 99 cars will also be provided. The project was designed by architect Anders Roberts Cheer.Property specialist Richard Carr, who is acting on behalf of Salterns Marina Ltd, said: "The directors of Salterns Marina are very aware that the Marina facilities are now over 40 years old and that the hotel is even older. They believe that the time has come to give Poole a world class marina, a new hotel, spa and a high quality restaurant overlooking our magnificent harbour. The timing is perfect, especially with Rick Stein’s restaurant coming to Sandbanks in the near future."He also compared the work to the recent opening of a Hilton hotel in nearby Bournemouth, suggesting the revamped marina will attempt to target a similar demographicIt is hoped that the project will bring greater prosperity to the surrounding area, as Poole residents will benefit from around £3 million of Community Infrastructure Levy, to help ensure that services for the general population are just as effective as private schemes.However, locals have raised concerns about substantial scale and potential impact of the revamp. A previous plan to build a 22-suite hotel in the place of the current building also attracted similar criticism when it was put forward last year. The plans for Poole Marina have been submitted to the local council, and are now awaiting approval. 

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