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Sutton Harbour Group – Response to Covid-19

Sutton Harbour Group is implementing changes in its marina operations in accordance with UK Government Guidelines during these unprecedented times.

In his announcement on March 23rd 2020 the Prime Minister ordered the closure of many areas of activity for a period of at least three weeks, which includes the leisure industry. These unprecedented circumstances require extraordinary measures which will of course present great challenges, disrupt our daily lives and the normal operations of our business.

Accordingly, we have had to temporarily close our marina offices and fuel facilities to berth holders and visitors. The office remains functional and can be contacted directly by emailing [email protected] or telephone 01752 204702 or 01752 204691.

We are encouraging all berth holders aboard at the present time to leave the marina and return to their home address for their own safety and the wellbeing of others.

As key workers, our harbour team will continue to look after the marina facility and berthed vessels,  by undertaking regular safety checks in accordance with the prescribed social distancing guidelines.

Berth holders with enquiries or requiring specific assistance are asked to please email [email protected] or call and the marina team will endeavour to assist.

We must do all that we can to stop the spread of this virus and we are urging our marina community and all those visiting the harbour to be responsible and to play their part in following the measures as set out by the UK Government.

As further government advice is issued, we will continue to issue updates on any changes which may further affect the operation of the marina.

Event pontoons and waterside walkway would connect Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour

Floating event pontoons and a new waterside public walkway circling Plymouth’s historic harbour could be installed in Sutton Harbour by the spring if planning permission is approved.

Sutton Harbour Group plc has now submitted an application for full planning permission and listed building consent to Plymouth City Council to enable the immediate installation of the pontoons, along with a new, extended pedestrian walkway linking Vauxhall Quay with Guys Quay.

The walkway would complete the circular harbourside Heritage Trail, enabling people to more easily enjoy the harbour and walk around the edge of the harbourfront in a continuous route.

Both the walkway and pontoons could be installed in time for the spring/summer season if approved, enabling their use during the Mayflower 400 commemoration year and enhancing access around the harbour in time to benefit the increased numbers visiting the city for Mayflower 400 events.

The floating event pontoons would be available to host a range of events on the water in Sutton Harbour, including live music concerts, film festivals, exercise classes like yoga on the water and live big screen showings of major sporting events.

The pontoons could also be used for community events and popular family-friendly events hosted annually in Britain’s Ocean City, such as Plymouth Pirate Weekend and Plymouth Seafood Festival.

event pontoons

The path for the new walkway and the locations for the new floating event pontoons.

Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman of Sutton Harbour Group plc, said: “Sutton Harbour Group is committed to supporting the development of Plymouth’s waterfront and making best use of its historic harbourside, especially during 2020 with the city in the spotlight for the Mayflower 400 commemorations and an expected influx of visitors to the waterfront.

“We hope Plymouth City Council will approve the final application that we have now completed, following approval by the Marine Management Organisation on 14th October 2019 and of the pre-application submission that we made to PCC on 25th July 2019. The pontoons and walkway will help improve circulation and activity around Sutton Harbour, as well as creating two new event spaces on the water within the harbour itself, in time for the busy calendar of Mayflower 400 events this year.”

Sutton Harbour Group already has planning permission for the Boardwalk development to connect Vauxhall Quay and Guys Quay but the new walkways are a simpler solution which can be delivered swiftly, and in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

The two floating event pontoons would be sited on water off Vauxhall Quay and in the corner of the harbour near The Parade, in areas not already being used as they are too shallow for mooring boats.

A floating walkway would connect the pontoons, as well as linking Vauxhall Quay and Guys Quay on the harbourside, creating a continuous pedestrian route around the harbour’s edge.

Pedestrians would be able to access the pontoons from two entry points – one in Vauxhall Quay via the existing gated entry to the marina pontoons sited next to The Stable, which would be expanded and the bridge extended to enable disabled access.

A second, new entry point would be created on Guys Quay in front of the car park next to Boston Tea Party, with ramps hinged to the quay wall and the fixed bridge off Vauxhall Quay.

Sutton Harbour Group commissioned a full Heritage Appraisal and Impact assessment to inform the planning application and this found the new walkways would cause only a “low level” of potential harm to the historic environment, which was outweighed by the “significant” public benefits brought about by increasing access around the harbour’s edge.

The assessment found the walkway was a “matter to be welcomed and celebrated” as it would “greatly enhance enjoyment” of the historic harbour.

The pontoons themselves would be removable platforms which would not harm the character or appearance of Sutton Harbour and have no negative impact on the historical environment.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has granted consent for installation work to accommodate the pontoons and walkway, issuing a marine licence and reporting no potential environment effects as a result of the project. An ecological assessment carried out to identify any ecological and nature conversation issues identified no constraints.

Philip Beinhaker added: “The company is focused on enhancing the public’s ability to access and enjoy Sutton Harbour. Our developments on the eastern side of the harbour will create two signature, mixed-use residential and commercial buildings at Harbour Arch Quay and Sugar Quay and enable the vitally-needed regeneration and transformation of this under-used area, enriching the eastern side of the harbour.

“The new pontoons and walkway will enable an immediate improvement to circulation and activity on the western side of the harbour while these major developments are being progressed.”

As they will be floating, moveable structures, the event pontoons could be relocated to other locations around Sutton Harbour as future developments proceed in the area.

New £750K fuel and power depot opens at Plymouth Fisheries

Fisheries

Fishermen can benefit from a £750,000 new fuel and utility services depot created at Plymouth Fisheries to help refuel their vessels more quickly.

Sutton Harbour Group, which owns and operates Plymouth Fisheries, has made a £750,000 investment in the fish market complex based in Sutton Harbour to upgrade and renew the existing fuel facilities and to create new metered water and electricity self-service dispensers. The investment was part-funded by a £375,000 grant from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

Work on the new fuel storage and delivery facilities was completed at the end of last year and the new quayside distribution points are now operational for fuel, water and electricity services, which will increase the efficiency of fishing vessels using the complex, which houses the second largest fresh fish market in England.

In addition to a new fuel tanks and pipe lines, the quayside distribution points feature modern dispensers supplying metered water and electricity with these utilities charged at cost, in line with other commercial UK ports.

Fisherman will be able to use a pre-payment system to purchase both utilities once the pre-payment system has been fully installed by February.

Plymouth Fisheries new fuel depot

L-R): Steven Gaulder, Sutton Harbour Group’s Projects Manager; Nick Eggar, Fisheries Manager; Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour in front of the new fuel depot at Plymouth Fisheries.

Nick Eggar, Manager of Plymouth Fisheries, said: “These improvements, which include an additional distribution point, will allow for shorter waiting times for boats between their landing a catch at Plymouth Fisheries and being able to get back out to sea again. More modern fuel, water and electricity dispensers will be easier to use and continue the ongoing modernisation of Plymouth Fisheries, helping us to remain as the best place to land and sell a catch in the region.”

The improvements follow a series of investments in Plymouth Fisheries made by Sutton Harbour Group over the last five years. In 2015, Plymouth Fisheries unveiled a new ice production facility, part of a £1.2million investment in the chill chain facilities which was match-funded by a £470,000 grant from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), also administered by the MMO, enabling production of ice on site 24 hours a day so trawlers could load it directly into their vessels.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “This latest investment demonstrates the ongoing commitment of Sutton Harbour Group to supporting the South West’s fishing industry and ensuring Plymouth remains a major UK fishing port.

“Plymouth Fisheries is the last major fishing port to introduce utilities charges for vessels using the harbour, bringing Plymouth into line with other ports in the country, and we are introducing pre-paid water and electricity points, which are situated at convenient points along the quays.

“The ever-increasing costs of providing the infrastructure and services required by today’s modern fishing fleet, and the variation in size and requirements of the fleet, mean a ‘user pays’ principle is considered the fairest way to apportion costs for power. Modern technology has made this possible and through a pre-payment system, we can now offer the fishing fleet 24 hour access to water and electricity, alongside improved fuel delivery services.”

Find out more about Plymouth Fisheries by visiting www.plymouthfisheries.co.uk

Sutton Harbour Group join Illuminate to launch Mayflower 400 commemorations

The four-day event starts on Thanksgiving and culminates with the Barbican Christmas Lights

Sutton Harbour will host two major light installations and welcome an American marching band during four days of winter events taking place across Plymouth’s historic waterfront.

Sutton Harbour Group is supporting this year’s Illuminate light festival, which will mark the official launch of the Mayflower 400 year, with two creative light installations being hosted in the harbour – including one projected over the water in Sutton Harbour Marina.

The Group is also welcoming an American youth marching band to the quayside for the city’s annual Thanksgiving celebrations, while Sutton Harbour venues will be marking the occasion with themed American fare on offer. Finally, Sutton Harbour and the Barbican will celebrate the Barbican Christmas Lights switch-on ceremony as the countdown to Christmas gets underway.

The four-day series of events in Sutton Harbour will take place between Thursday 28th November until Sunday 1st December.

  • Illuminate – Thursday 28th November until Sun 1st December

This year’s Illuminate light festival will be bigger and better than ever before as it acts as a launch pad for the wider Mayflower 400 year of events.

Illuminate will be a multi-site event in 2019, with colourful and creative immersive light installations at the Royal William Yard, Mount Edgcumbe, the Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Sutton Harbour Group is delighted to be hosting two stunning light installations.

Illuminate, Mayflower 400 commemorations

Illuminate
Image credit: OnePlymouth

A free-standing, light-based art installation called Curio designed by Trigger Stuff will be sited alongside the harbour opposite the Mayflower Museum and Tourist Information Centre. This engaging and interactive installation will be switched on from 5.30pm each day of the festival.

A second water projection installation called Baitball created by The Media Workshop will operate over the harbour itself, with a durational video projected onto a water screen in the harbour between The Parade and Quay Road from Friday 29th November until Sunday 1st December. The audience will be asked to reflect on what is beneath the surface of our ocean with an iconic visual showing the formation of a ‘baitball’ of sardines over the water. Head to the harbour’s edge outside The Ship for an optimum viewing area

  • Thanksgiving – Thursday 28th November

The Illuminate festival and Mayflower 400 commemorations launch date was planned to coincide with the city’s celebrations for the American Thanksgiving holiday.

Sutton Harbour will welcome the Plymouth (USA) High Schools Marching Band on the day with a performance at 11.30am.

Plymouth High Schools Marching Band, Thanksgiving, Mayflower 400 commemorations

Plymouth High Schools Marching Band

The 56-strong band plus colour guard have journeyed from their home in Plymouth, Massachusetts – known as “America’s Hometown” – and will be performing a selection of pieces in Quay Square and along the harbourside.

The band is a combined ensemble of students from two high schools and two middle schools and regularly take part in competitions and perform at community events.

In addition, some of Sutton Harbour’s tenant businesses are joining the Thanksgiving celebrations by offering USA-themed festive fare on their menus.

Louise’s Coffee and Donuts based in Quay Square will be serving American-style donuts for the day – priced at 5 for £3.50 for, or 10 for £6.

And Honky Tonk Wine Library on North Quay has a range of American wines and ales on offer, including a 2016 Merlot called The Velvet Devil (Washington State), a 2016 Syrah called Boom Boom (Washington State), a 2017 Riesling called Kung Fu Girl, and two American Ales – Goose IPA and Goose 312, an urban wheat ale.

Louise's Coffee and Donuts, Thanksgiving, Mayflower 400 commemorations

Louise’s Coffee and Donuts

  • Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-On – Sunday 1st December

Sutton Harbour and the Barbican will come together for a day of family-friendly festive fun with Santa arriving via the RNLI lifeboat to dock by Cap’n Jaspers on Quay Road before switching on the waterfront’s Christmas lights at 5pm.

Head down earlier to join in the fun with activities for children from 12pm, street entertainments and more, with The Grinch at large in and around Southside Street keeping a look out for Santa himself.

Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman of Sutton Harbour Group, said: “We are committed to supporting Plymouth’s dynamic events calendar and working closely with the city council and local businesses to make the best use of the city’s fantastic waterfront for the benefit of local residents and visitors alike. Earlier this year we appointed an Events Manager to support our offering and enable more events to take place along the historic quayside, and we are especially pleased to support the Illuminate festival this year to help launch the Mayflower 400 year of commemorations.”

For more information about events in Sutton Harbour, visit www.visitsuttonharbour.co.uk or follow @SuttonHarbour on Facebook or Instagram and @Sutton_Harbour on Twitter.

The full Illuminate programme can be found at www.illuminate-festival.co.uk or follow @illuminatelightfestival on Facebook, @IlluminateLF on Twitter or @illuminate_light_festival on Instagram for updates.

Find out more about Mayflower 400 events at www.Mayflower400uk.org, and follow @Mayflower400uk on all social media channels #Mayflower400 #GetOnBoard2020

More details of the Barbican Christmas Lights Switch on and other Plymouth events can be found at www.visitplymouth.co.uk or follow @WhatsOnPlymouth on social media.

Floating event pontoons for Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour

Sutton Harbour Group plc has applied for planning permission to install two large floating event pontoons in the harbour, along with a waterside pedestrian walkway linking Vauxhall Quay with Guys Quay. This will expand the range of uses of the water bordering the historic Barbican quarter, as well as enhancing pedestrian access around the harbourfront.

These floating event pontoons could be available to host a wide range of events on the water in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour including live music concerts, film festivals, exercise classes and many others.

The event pontoons would be designed, manufactured and installed in a project funded by Sutton Harbour Group to help provide more events spaces on the waterfront in Britain’s Ocean City. It is hoped the applications will be progressed in time for the pontoons to be installed ahead of the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.

Pontoons could be used for a range of community events, such as Plymouth Pirate Weekend and Seafood Festival, as well as to host live music concerts, floating film festivals, exercise classes such as yoga on the water, and live big screen showings of major sporting events. The pontoons and walkway would be similar to structures already used successfully for similar purposes at various other locations, including St Katharine Docks in London.

Event pontoons for Sutton Harbour

Looking towards Guys Quay.

Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman of Sutton Harbour Group plc, said: “These pontoons and walkway represent an investment by Sutton Harbour Group to enhance and improve circulation and activity around Plymouth’s waterfront, making better use of the historic harbourside.

“The pontoons will create two new event spaces in water not being used as it is too shallow for mooring boats, and enable a range of activities to take place alongside the atmospheric quay which people can both take part in and enjoy watching from the harbourside. We would hope this can be approved by Plymouth City Council and achieved in time for the Mayflower 2020 year of events, when we expect to see an influx of visitors to the city and the waterfront.”

Two event pontoons would be installed in Sutton Harbour, one sited off Vauxhall Quay and one in the corner of the harbour near The Parade, with both connected by a floating walkway.

Pedestrians would be able to access the walkway and pontoons from two entry points – one in Vauxhall Quay via the existing gated entry to the marina for berth holders at Sutton Harbour Marina, which would be expanded and the bridge extended to ensure disabled access. A second, new entry point would be created on Guys Quay, in front of the car park, with a ramp fixed to the quay wall.

As they will be floating, moveable structures, the pontoons can be relocated to other locations around Sutton Harbour as future developments proceed in the area.

Overall development of Sutton Harbour is focused on the long under-used eastern side of Sutton Harbour, where Sutton Harbour Group has been granted planning permission to develop two signature, mixed-use residential and commercial buildings at Harbour Arch Quay and Sugar Quay.

Work is expected to start by the first quarter of 2020 on Harbour Arch Quay and by the second half of 2020 on Sugar Quay. Following these developments, Sutton Harbour Group will progress development on other improvements in the harbour, including the previously approved Boardwalk scheme.

Event pontoons

Sutton Harbour, Plymouth

Philip Beinhaker added: “Our primary focus is to enhance the public’s ability to access, enjoy and participle in events throughout Sutton Harbour. Our developments on the eastern side of the harbour are the immediate objective to enable the vitally needed regeneration and transformation of this under-utilised area, enlivening and enriching the eastern side of harbour for the benefit of all, including improving access to the National Marine Aquarium.

“The proposed event pontoons on the busier western side of the harbour will enable an immediate improvement to circulation and activity in this area while developments are underway, and help create new event spaces to best use of the water and harbourside for residents and for visitors to Plymouth.”

Sutton Harbour Group has applied for the required Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Plymouth City Council (PCC) consents to carry out installation work in the harbour to accommodate the pontoons and walkway.

Sutton Harbour Marina makes a new splash at Southampton Boat Show

Safe havens in the heart of Plymouth where the city meets the sea

Sutton Harbour Group is launching a new brand for its award-winning 5 Gold Anchor Marina at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show when it attends to promote its two leading Plymouth marinas.

Sutton Harbour Marina will be exhibiting at the 51st annual boat show from 13 – 22 September alongside its sister marina, King Point Marina – both of which are operated by Sutton Harbour Group.

Both Plymouth marinas offer easy access to some of the best sailing waters in the UK found along the Devon and Cornwall coast, and the chance to berth in a city which is both steeped in maritime history as well as the host for many international sailing events including the America’s Cup, Transat, Rolex Fastnet Race, OSTAR & TWOSTAR.

Plymouth is also about to take centre stage during the worldwide commemorations for Mayflower 400 in 2020, with a host of events held next year to mark the 400 year anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers setting sail for America from the Mayflower Steps. Sutton Harbour Group is a Founder Partner of the Mayflower 2020 commemorations, and berth holders at its two marinas will be best-placed to enjoy taking part in various events and celebrations planned for the anniversary year.

Sutton Harbour Marina is based in the heart of the historic harbour of Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, with a lively and varied food and drink scene in the adjacent Barbican quarter just minutes from the pontoons, which offers visitor, seasonal and annual berths for up to 420 vessels.

The marina is a safe haven with exceptionally secure berthing thanks to the 24/7 manned double lock gates at Sutton Lock providing protection from all weathers year-round to give boat owners complete peace of mind.

Southampton Boat Show

Sutton Harbour Marina

Combined with first-class marina facilities, a sociable and friendly berth holder community and award-winning customer service, Sutton Harbour Marina has been recognised internationally as one of the top 105 marinas in the world, continually earning the highest accreditation from industry experts and retaining its 5 Gold Anchor status year on year.

King Point Marina is Plymouth’s newest marina, opened by Sutton Harbour Group in 2013 in the newly regenerated Coastal Quarter of Millbay within Brunel’s famous basin.

Contemporary facilities are available with safe pontoon mooring for up to 151 vessels within the walled basin, and the city centre with its shops, world-class theatres and varied food and drink scene is just minutes away.

Southampton Boat Show

King Point Marina

Mark Brimacombe, Marina Manager, said: “Southampton International Boat Show is the premier boating event in the country, so it offers the perfect opportunity to launch the new brand for Sutton Harbour Marina to the thousands of boat owners visiting the exhibits.

“We are delighted to be representing both Sutton Harbour Marina and King Point Marina at this year’s show, and promoting Plymouth as a fabulous destination for visitor and annual berthing, with excellent cruising destinations on the doorstep alongside first-class marina facilities.

“We are enormously proud of the Marinas we operate in Plymouth and are looking forward to showcasing both Marinas and Plymouth as a place to berth on such a fantastic platform.”

Berthing in Plymouth provides opportunities to enjoy the city’s packed events calendar year-round, which includes the national British Fireworks Championships each August, and popular family-friendly annual events including Pirate Weekend, Plymouth Seafood Festival and the Ocean City Jazz and Blues Festival.

Berth holders can also visit the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Plymouth Gin Distillery and enjoy shopping at major high street chains based at Drake Circus mall.

Sutton Harbour Marina and King Point Marina are exhibiting on Stand J150 of The Yacht Harbour Association’s Which Marina? section in Ocean Hall 1.

Find out more about Sutton Harbour Marina at www.suttonharbourmarina.com call 01752 204702 or email [email protected]

For more information about King Point Marina, visit www.kingpointmarina.co.uk

Sutton Harbour footbridge to reopen

The Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge will reopen to the public at 6am tomorrow (Good Friday, April 19th) in time for Easter.

The footbridge, which crosses Sutton Lock and connects the historic Barbican quarter to the east side of Sutton Harbour via the National Aquarium and the fishing quarter, is now fully operational following the successful fitting of the new one-tonne bearing.

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Prestigious law firm moves to new premises at Sutton Harbour

A long-standing business based in Sutton Harbour has moved into a prime new location on Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront.

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