Marina Projects Ltd and their partner company PLC Architects were chosen by FIDC to develop Masterplan options for the Stanley Waterfront in August 2011 after a closed tender process. Marina Projects were to produce Masterplan schemes for the Stanley Waterfront that includes the following objectives:
- Provide an amenity for residents and visitors alike that will provide Stanley with an attractive urban centre for all ages;
- Provide a new and improved location for the museum, including a broader opportunity for external exhibits;
- Provide an attractive, appealing and high quality waterfront that will complement the rest of the town reflecting its history and culture;
- Create a warm and appropriate welcome to tourists and improve the movement and flow of embarking/disembarking cruise ship passengers along the waterfront;
- Retain large cruise vessels at historic volumes and increase the amount of local spend via development of the waterfront;
- Increase frequency, length of stay and activity by expedition (smaller) cruise vessels and yachts through passenger exchanges.
Three representatives of Marina Projects Ltd and PLC Architects travelled to the Falkland Islands for a familiarisation visit and to meet with landowners, stakeholders and relevant Falkland Islands Government (FIG) departments to discuss the Stanley Waterfront. By the end of October 2011 Marina Projects and PLC Architects developed three Masterplan schemes for the Stanley Waterfront. The schemes were presented to FIG's Major Projects Board, Members of the Legislative Assembly, landowners and stakeholders. The comments arising from these discussions were fed back to Marina Projects and PLC Architects. In January 2012, prior the second site visit and public consultation, Marina Projects and PLC Architects produced a second draft of the three Masterplan options to FIDC, all of which incorporate the comments from the groups mentioned above.
Geoff Phillips, of Marina Projects, was in the Falklands from the 16th January 2012 to the 24th January 2012 for his second site visit and for the public consultation stage of the project. The Public Consultation stage started on the 18th January 2012 and lasted for five days. It included six public sessions where members of the public were invited to view and discuss display boards of the three proposals with Geoff Phillips and Michael Betts of FIDC. A total of 72 people attended the public sessions. The Public Consultation stage culminated in a public presentation on the 23rd January 2012, where 52 members of the public attended.
The Public Consultation received extensive publicity. Geoff Phillips and Michael Betts were interview by Falkland Islands Radio (FIRS), two statements were released to the media, a double page spread was featured in the Penguin News, which included images and text detailing the three schemes and the public presentation was filmed by Falkland Islands TV.
The deadline for feedback from the public was the 3rd February 2012, and FIDC received 41 responses. Each response has been sent to Marina Projects to review and analyse.
The next stage of the project is to independently score the three Masterplan schemes using a weighting system. The scheme that scores the highest will go through a second round of public consultation where Marina Projects will apply a more scientific based approach to garner specific views. The finalised preferred scheme will hopefully be approved by Executive Council in August 2012.
To view the Report produced by Marina Projects Ltd detailing the results of the second phase of the Waterfront Public Consultation held in July/August 2012 click here.
Waterfront Development Working Group
As Project Coordinator for the Waterfront Development, we have established a working group that involves the key FIG officers relevant to the Waterfront Development and the key landowners of the designated waterfront area. The Working Group aims to work together and produce a development plan that details key developments of the waterfront and will include a schedule of works and designation of project managers. The objective is to seek Executive Council for the development plan in July 2014. The Working Group members are;
- MLA Tourism Portfolio Holder (Chair)
- FIDC Business Relations Manager – Waterfront Development Project Coordinator
- FIG Director of Central Services
- FIGEnvironmental Planning Department
- FIG Public Works Department
- FIG Head of Finance
- Falkland Islands Tourist Board Managing Director
- Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust Museum Manager
- FIC Director
- SAMS/Boathouse Owner
The objectives of the Working Group are;
- Agree and assign areas of responsibility.
- Including the designation and agreement of boundaries.
- Agree a programme of delivery and development by 1st July 2014.
- Prioritisation/Order of works for specific areas to create stages of development.
- Agreed start and completion dates for stages.
- All stakeholders to receive necessary approvals for programme of delivery, development and funding by July 2014.