The Marine Biological Centre
A new mixed use development at the former Marine Biological Centre in the town of Port Erin, Isle of Man.
The project will include 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 will be built behind the main building complex and below ground, to be accessed by car lifts, in order to help maintain the aesthetic of the build with its picturesque surroundings.
The development will be a welcome 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.
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. The scheme is due to start onsite in late 2021.
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