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Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project

In March 2019 Dorset Council, in partnership with the Weymouth Area Development Trust, were successfully awarded £3.79 million from the Coastal Communities Fund. This bid was submitted on behalf of the Weymouth Coastal Community Team.

This money will help fund the Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project, aiming for completion in March 2021. The project presents an ideal opportunity to develop a run-down brownfield site and kick start economic regeneration in Weymouth.

It will include construction of a Centre of Excellence for business and enterprise for coastal town small-medium enterprises, creating new work spaces, training facilities and providing business support and resources. Bringing a disused area of the harbour into full use will also safeguard our fishing, charter and harbourside enterprises to retain talent within Weymouth. It will also provide access to the waterside for local community and visitors to the area.

November 2019 update

Following the information sessions earlier this month, we are looking at all of the feedback received and will be taking this into consideration. We would like to thank people for taking the time and trouble to contribute. If you would like to comment, you can email the project team.

What's being proposed for Weymouth Quay

Weymouth Quay is located on the harbour side edge of the Peninsula, close to the Pavilion Theatre and forms part of the setting of Nothe Fort, which is a Scheduled Monument. The Pavilion Theatre, a popular destination in the town, will be unchanged by the development but surrounded by improved pedestrianised walkways that will hug the waterside and link the award winning beach with the harbour. 

New public spaces and improved landscaping for both residents and tourists will help increase visitor numbers which, in turn, will benefit local businesses and safeguard and create more jobs. 

A new multipurpose building will house the harbour’s centre of excellence for small and medium sized enterprises. These businesses make up 82% of the economy and employers of our coastal area. 

Employment and co-working space with high speed broadband will attract a wide range of entrepreneurs, start-ups and microenterprises. Business support, advice, guidance and training will be available for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across south Dorset. It will include state of the art training facilities, meeting spaces and courses attracting students and trainees all year round.

The building will provide enhanced facilities as well as additional facilities for The Harbour Authority. Subject to further engagement with harbour users the improved facilities for Weymouth Harbour will be developed. 

The relocation of the existing fish landing quay from its current location, and the introduction of new facilities for fuel and kiosks for trip sales will create improved harbour facilities for our fishing industry, harbour businesses and The Harbour Authority.

Mooring space will be increased with new pontoons attached to a repaired and strengthened harbour wall and there will be provision of facilities for boat crews (fishing, deep sea angling, charter boats, and sailing visitors) to enable future growth. 

This will generate visible activity on the quayside providing a focus point for water and services access for leisure and commercial users, including a safer embarkation/disembarkation point.

Weymouth Quay concept drawing
Initial Weymouth Quay concept drawing to show potential locations for improved facilities.

If you require the concept drawing in a different accessible format, please contact us.

About the project

What's happened so far:

What's happening now:

  • continuation of site clearance
  • a Harbour Revision Order is being considered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to modernise and consolidate harbour legislation and improve our ability to manage the harbour. 
  • vital harbour wall repair works, providing a stable base for the quay and improving the flood defences for the town, allowing for future climate change and sea level rises
  • engagement events took place in November 2019 with harbour users, Weymouth business community and the wider public to share initial thoughts on the development and give the opportunity for feedback. An open session took place at Weymouth Library on Monday 18 November. This page will be updated with more information following these events.

Next steps:

  • detailed site surveys
  • concept and detailed design development and costing

Project timeline

  • Spring 2019 - awarded funding from Coastal Communities Fund
  • Summer 2019 - project planning and set up
  • Autumn 2019 - architect appointed (Austin-Smith: Lord)
  • Autumn and Winter 2019 - harbour wall repairs near ferry steps on site
  • Winter 2019/20 - development of design
  • Spring 2020 - planning application
  • Summer 2020 to Spring 2021 - construction of main scheme (building, harbour improvements and walkway)
  • Spring 2021 - building and new harbour facilities open
Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project Timeline
Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project timeline

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