Newcastle City Marina
Having conducted research into levels of likely demand, NE1 decided in March 2011 to commission, have manufactured and installed a series of pontoons bewteen the Tyne Bridge and the Law Courts in the centre of Newcastle which would become Newcastle City Marina. From begining to end NE1 delivered the project in only six months, working closely with maritime engineers, Royal Haskoning.
NE1's Newcastle City Marina is now up and running and made up of 12 pontoons, with a combined length of over 130m, providing moorings for vessels up to 26m in length.
Each of the floating pontoons is 11 metres long and 2.5 metres wide with an attractive, low maintenance deck plus an access ramp from the pontoons up to the Quayside. As well as providing a dock for the boats, the pontoons will also provide water and electricity as part of the mooring fee.
By creating the marina boats will be brought further up the Tyne into the heart of the city with visitors able to take advantage of the restaurants, bars and other attractions on Newcastle's iconic Quayside with only a short walk into the city centre.
NE1's new Quayside marina is an attractive new destination on the UK coastal map for boat and yacht enthusiasts. With only an hour's sailing from the mouth of the Tyne into the heart of the city, NE1 is confident that yachtsmen on around Britain trips will add Newcastle to their itinerary as a new stopping off point.
Newcastle City Marina's first season has been busy and successful. The Marina has been awarded 3 Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association and welcomed over 500 vessels from local marinas as well as national and international destinations. The marina has proved to be a fantastic addition to the Quayside and has been at capacity many times over it's first summer for events such as the Bridges Festival, Great North Run and the Olympic Torch Relay where Bear Ghrylls abseiled from the Tyne Bridge to Baltic Quays with the Olympic Torch.
The marina also provided the base for the innuagural NE1 Zapcat Grand Prix in 2012, which brought this exciting powerboat racing series to the Tyne for the first time and attracted crowds in the region of 25,000 to Newcastle's Quayside when it returned in August 2013.