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The Marine Biological Centre, Port Erin


Residential, Commercial, Retail
In Progress
Delgatie Ltd
Project Value
£ 40m

The Marine Biological Centre is a new mixed-use development located on the site of a former marine laboratory in Port Erin, Isle of Man.

The proposed development includes a mixture of both residential and retail facilities, including a 14-suite apart hotel, 69 high quality studio apartments, a restaurant & bar, and an exhibition centre. Parking provision for 142 vehicles will be built behind the main building complex and below ground, to be accessed by car lifts, to help satisfy parking demand whilst also maintaining the aesthetic of the build with its picturesque surroundings.

The development will be a welcomed addition to the area, bringing economic benefit to the community of Port Erin by boosting retail opportunities and supporting local tourism. Dice was heavily involved in the pre-planning stages of the project. The team carried out a range of surveys and investigations onsite to aid with the submission of a planning application and to ensure that all project risks could be identified and negotiated effectively.

Design Challenges

The pre-planning elements of work required a slightly different approach to applications on mainland UK due to nuances with the usual planning process and some slight variances with available design guidance. This, coupled with a lack of flood data for the site, meant that the team had to undertake an extensive amount of research and conduct thorough surveys in order to produce feasible and deliverable designs

The team worked collaboratively with the scheme’s architects: Corporate Architecture. Together the team developed a successful proposal, which has now received planning permission. Dice was also retained to undertake the technical design up to tender stage associated with the structural and civil design, along with the highway infrastructure and wider site drainage. This presented numerous challenges, most notably associated with the proposed structural intent which aimed to mitigate buildability issues related to the difficult ground conditions. The scheme is due to start onsite in late 2020.

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“This development will have an amazing impact on the interest and investment in Port Erin and we are really excited to be a part of that.  Dice’s work during the pre-planning stage was essential to achieving planning permission and, with minimal comments or amends to the proposals, we couldn’t be happier with the results.”

William Smedley - Director, Delgatie Ltd